Small-footprint, containerized solutions to treat water from any source – at any scale

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Leading the way in water, wastewater, and reuse treatment solutions, Fluence believes that everyone – everywhere – deserves access to clean water. There is no cost-effective technological reason that individuals, communities, or industries should experience water scarcity.

The NIROBOX™ family of solutions challenges convention by providing advanced treatment technologies in affordable and compact packages. Nirobox offers the industry’s smallest overall footprint, which makes the units ideal for the industrial, municipal, and commercial markets.

With models for desalination of seawater and brackish water, and models for treatment of fresh water and wastewater, the Nirobox line of products will provide a suitable solution to your needs.

Nirobox streamlines the economic, environmental, and logistical challenges associated with large-scale desalination and centralized water treatment plants. Nirobox offers flexible, affordable solutions with minimal environmental impact at the most competitive cost available.

Nirobox modular solutions are ideal for:

  • Municipalities and growing communities
  • Housing developments
  • Construction sites
  • Commercial establishments
  • Resorts, hotels, and golf clubs
  • Remote oil and gas facilities
  • Power plants
  • Agriculture irrigation
  • Mining camps and operations

 

CONTAINERIZED TREATMENT SOLUTIONS

Contact Fluence to learn more about containerized treatment with the NIROBOX™, or to discuss your specific project details.

Scalable Solutions

NIROBOX™ treatment units are available in a number of configurations to suit your site’s size and capacity requirements, allowing fast integration, commissioning, and operation.

Nirobox building blocks are modular and can be adapted to your requirements, providing an independent solution on virtually any scale, from single, self-contained units to large water and wastewater treatment plants.

We offer NIROPLANT and NIROSITE installation options when large-capacity solutions are required.

Niroplant and Nirosite are the ideal solution for decentralized water treatment plants, where ease of operation, lower capital costs, fast delivery and a modular approach are required.

NIROBOX™ Benefits

Economy and Efficiency

Our preassembled Nirobox plants are housed in standard shipping containers and are ready to go. They’re engineered for fast deployment, as well as simple operation and maintenance. They also integrate the most energy-efficient components available.

Flexibility and Scalability

Due to smart pre-engineering and design, Nirobox is ready for integration with other systems and equipment. It is completely modular, allowing for capacity upgrades if required. Multiple pre-engineered configurations are available, enabling fast delivery, integration, commissioning, and operation.

Sustainability

Low energy consumption and chemical use reduce the environmental impact of Nirobox plants. The boxes’ unique, patent-pending design provides a unique configuration of low-energy membranes, positive displacement high-pressure pump, work exchanger energy-recovery device, and variable frequency device (VFD). The Nirobox is the lowest carbon footprint desalination plant in its class.

Portability

Nirobox’s modular containers can be easily moved for redeployment or resale should your water treatment needs change.

Compact Size

Nirobox’s compact footprint minimizes site impact, lowers the cost of site development, and ensures easy expansion.

Operational Intelligence

Nirobox’s operating systems are fully automated, and remotely monitored and operated, which allows optimization of flow rates, chemical consumption, energy consumption, and more. Our smart design keeps ongoing equipment, operation, and maintenance expenses in check. Data and reports are easily accessible from anywhere on any platform. Real-time alerts can be sent for system malfunctions or abnormal performance.

Containerized seawater desalination solutions ensure water availability in a wide range of applications

NIROBOX™ SW is a modular, high-output, membrane-based and efficient seawater desalination solution that offers pretreatment, reverse osmosis, and post-treatment – all housed in a single, self-contained 40-foot shipping container.

Nirobox SW is suitable for a variety of applications, including desalination for potable or industrial water, and can meet the most stringent regulatory requirements. Offering industry-leading capacity, a single Nirobox SW container can produce up to 1,500 m3/d (275 GPM) of permeate water, making it the most compact plant-in-a-box.

Nirobox SW offers recovery rates of up to 50%. This, along with low chemical and energy consumption, reduces overall operational costs.

Nirobox SW’s patent-pending process includes a cleaning process for the ultrafiltration membranes that inhibits microorganism growth and scaling. This natural disinfecting effect lowers energy and chemical requirements, and minimizes the plant’s ecological footprint. Moreover, Nirobox SW features a work-exchanger energy recovery device with the lowest energy consumption in the industry.

Nirobox SW is designed to treat seawater with total dissolved solids (TDS) between 15,000 and to 45,000 ppm, turbidity of up to 20 NTUs, and oil and grease up to 1.5 ppm. Additional, optional pretreatment processes in the front end like dissolved air flotation (DAF), clarification, and activated carbon filters (AC) will widen the range of feed water quality.

Nirobox SW is offered in three standard models with flow rates of 500 (92 gpm), 1,000 (183 gpm) and 1,500 m3/d (275 gpm). All are housed in one single, pre-engineered, fully assembled and pre-tested 40-foot shipping containers

Fluence provides supervision of erection, start up and commissioning, operator training, full operational and maintenance support/contracts. Contact Fluence to learn more about Nirobox seawater desalination, or to discuss your next project with our experts.

 

WHAT’S IN THE BOX?

Containerized Seawater Desalination
All standard NIROBOX™ SW units include:

  • Disc filters pretreatment
  • Ultrafiltration (UF) pretreatment
  • Seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) – rated 1200 psi.
  • High efficiency energy-recovery device
  • Positive displacement high-pressure pump
  • Variable frequency devices (VFD)
  • PLC based HMI with remote monitoring
  • Mobile app
  • IP-54 MCC
  • Clean-in-place (CIP) system

Optional pretreatments include dissolved air flotation, multimedia filtration, activated carbon filtration, clarification, and post-treatments include remineralization, pH adjustment, and ultraviolet or chlorine disinfection.

Nirobox BW lets you tap into previously unusable groundwater sources

NIROBOX™ BW is a modular, highly efficient desalination solution for brackish water. It delivers potable water, industrial process water, and high-quality water for irrigation and other applications.

Designed for flexibility, Nirobox BW treats water from a wide variety of sources, including surface water, groundwater, and well water, and can handle turbidity, salinity, and a wide range of contaminants, from 1,000 to 10,000 ppm total dissolved solids (TDS).

Two cost-effective models are available to meet your water treatment requirements and deliver high-quality results:

  • Nirobox BW LP is designed to operate with feed water containing up to 3,700 ppm TDS
  • Nirobox BW HP can handle TDS of up to 10,000 ppm

Each is available in three feed capacities: 1,000, 1,500, and 2,000 m3/d. Output water capacity depends on recovery and water-feed specifications. All options are housed in a single, self-contained 40-foot shipping container.

Nirobox BW offers recovery rates of up to 90%, while boasting low chemical and energy consumption.

Nirobox BW’s patent-pending process includes a cleaning process for membranes that inhibits microorganism growth and scaling. This natural disinfecting effect lowers energy and chemical requirements and minimizes the plant’s ecological footprint.

Nirobox BW is ideal for a wide variety of applications, delivering the reliability and robustness needed to meet the operational requirements of municipalities, industries, commercial users, power plants, hotels and resorts, and others.

Fluence provides supervision of erection, start up and commissioning, operator training, full operational and maintenance support/contracts. Contact Fluence to learn more about Nirobox brackish water desalination, or to discuss your next project with our experts.

WHAT’S IN THE BOX?

Contanerized Brackish Water Desalination
Standard NIROBOX™ BW units include:

  • Disc filters pretreatment
  • Ultrafiltration (UF) pretreatment
  • Brackish water reverse osmosis (SWRO) – rated 300 psi.
  • Positive displacement high-pressure pump
  • Variable frequency devices (VFD)
  • PLC-based HMI with remote monitoring
  • Mobile app
  • IP-54 MCC
  • Clean-in-place (CIP) system

Optional pretreatments include dissolved air flotation, multimedia filtration, activated carbon filtration, clarification, and post-treatments include remineralization, pH adjustment, and ultraviolet or chlorine disinfection.

One Nirobox FW unit can transform freshwater sources to drinking water or industrial process water

NIROBOX™ FW is a modular, self-contained system that treats feed water from non-saline sources such as rivers, lakes, or wells. The units can handle total dissolved solids (TDS) up to 1,000 ppm. Nirobox FW uses advanced membrane filtration technologies to remove turbidity, microbes, and other solids, bringing water up to potable standards.

A single, compact Nirobox FW unit, housed in a 40-foot shipping container, can produce up to 5,000 m3/d of clean, high-quality water that can be used directly for drinking or as industrial process water.

The modular Nirobox FW maximizes capacity while minimizing footprint and keeping operational overhead in check. Nirobox FW systems allow flexible up-scaling to almost any capacity. Treated water meets or exceeds the most stringent potability standards, including the World Health Organization’s.

Fluence provides supervision of erection, start up and commissioning, operator training, full operational and maintenance support/contracts. Contact Fluence to learn more about Nirobox freshwater treatment, or to discuss your next project with our experts.

WHAT’S IN THE BOX?

Freshwater Treatment
The NIROBOX™ FW modular system contains:

  • Coagulation and chlorination dosing systems
  • A hydro-cyclone to retain solids particles up to 70 μm
  • Disc filtration to retain solids particles up to 55 μm
  • Ultrafiltration membranes to retain solids particles and microorganisms up to 0.01 μm.
  • Automatic backwashing, chemically enhanced backwashing, and clean-in-place systems

Containerized Wastewater Treatment Using Membrane Bioreactors

NIROBOX™ WW is a modular, flexible, and highly efficient wastewater treatment plant that uses membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology. It delivers treated effluent that meets the highest regulatory standards, allowing direct discharge, as well as water reuse in irrigation, industry, and more.

Nirobox WW is offered in two standard models, with flow ranges from 50 to 100 m3/d. Each is configured in a standard 40-foot shipping container.

Nirobox WW reliably removes pollutants with a comprehensive treatment process that combines biological treatment and membrane filtration. The resulting effluent quality is virtually devoid of suspended solids.

Maximizing capacity while minimizing footprint and keeping operational overhead in check, Nirobox WW offers:

  • Flexible influent parameters
  • Stable and monitored effluent parameters
  • Total internet connectivity for remote monitoring and management

Nirobox WW is equipped with a computerized control system for complete remote monitoring, diagnostics, and control from anywhere, over any platform. This lowers operational and maintenance costs and helps keep sites 100% optimized.

Fed by a pumping station, Nirobox WW runs wastewater through a preliminary filtration for a maximum initial particle size of 2 mm. That’s followed by a denitrification process in the anoxic zone, then nitrification and BOD removal in the aerobic zone. Finally, suspended solids are reduced with ultrafiltration in the MBR zone. The permeate is directed to a contact tank for disinfection. Nirobox WW produces a constant, clear permeate and requires minimal maintenance of only two chemical cleanings per year.

Additional pretreatment add-ons include feed pumping stations, screen filters, and oil separators. Post-treatment options include chlorination dosing systems, and delivery pumping stations.

Fluence provides supervision of erection, start up and commissioning, operator training, full operational and maintenance support/contracts. Contact Fluence to learn more about wastewater treatment with the Nirobox, or to discuss your next project with our experts.

NIROBOX™ WW IS AN IDEAL SOLUTION FOR

  • Small communities
  • Common municipal sewage treatment
  • Independent sewage treatment for stand-alone operations such as hotels and housing complexes
  • As a process step for industrial wastewater treatment
  • Livestock waste treatment

LOCALIZED TREATMENT CHALLENGES?

Contact us to learn more about our decentralized water and wastewater treatment solutions, or to discuss your next project with our experts.

CONTACT OUR EXPERTS

NIROBOX™ containerized treatment plants are self-contained and scalable for growing treatment capacities

One of the main advantages of Fluence’s family of NIROBOX™ solutions is scalability. Our NIROPLANT and NIROSITE options show how you can use individual units, housed in standard 40-foot shipping containers, to create customized treatment plants with large capacities.

Both Niroplant and Nirosite modular assemblies use a minimum of three individual Nirobox units. They both are quick to deploy and offer lower capital expense, and comparable or lower operating expense.

The main difference is in how the Nirobox units work together.

Niroplant uses the Nirobox as stand-alone units with a centralized control unit and optional post-treatment. This allows the plant to be scaled up or down without losing individual operability of each box. Niroplants can handle up to 20,000 m3/d. Units can be easily removed and relocated according to changing requirements.

Nirosite offers an end-to-end solution that achieves greater operating and maintenance efficiencies for larger-capacity plants. Nirosite installations feature centralized peripheral functions, including control and monitoring, air compression, chemical dosing, flushing, and CIP. Nirosite is expandable through the addition of operating clusters.

No matter how small or large your treatment needs are, Nirobox’s pre-engineered systems arrive wired and assembled for a fast, affordable and compact solution.

Contact Fluence to learn more about our Nirobox product line, or to discuss your next project with our experts.

Featured NIROBOX™ Case Studies

NIROBOX™ Desalination Plant in South Africa

A high-output desalination plant was urgently needed to solve an acute potable water shortage on the parched southeast coast of Africa. Fluence answered the challenge with 10 of its Nirobox modular, containerized desalination units. The 10,000-m3/d assembly has centralized intake, post-treatment, and remote monitoring, and is fully automated. The plant was ordered and commissioned in just six months. It’s the first seawater desalination plant of its kind in the region.

NIROBOX™ SWRO for a Costa Rican Resort

Due to an ongoing drought, a beach resort, golf course, and spa in Costa Rica was facing water scarcity. It needed a solution with a high recovery rate that featured low energy consumption and minimal use of chemicals. The system had to be quiet, have a small physical footprint, and a low ecological impact. Three Nirobox™ units were installed, with a total treatment capacity of approximately 1,500 m3/d, providing disc filtration, ultrafiltration, SWRO, and remineralization to drinking-water quality. The system was started up only eight months after it was ordered, with a plan to gradually increase reliance on the system with the approach of tourist season.