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Membrane Technology ForumDaniel Bar

Mr. Bar is the VP, Sales and Business Development of Ameridia Innovative Solutions Inc., the US subsidiary of Eurodia Industrie SAS, based in Somerset, NJ. Ameridia is specialized in separations for the dairy, starch, sugar, wine, food, beverage, chemical, pharmaceutical, and water treatment industries. Mr. Bar has more than 30 years of experience with the marketing and sales of separation process equipment including electrodialysis, micro-, ultra-, and nanofiltration, chromatography, and ion exchange resins. Daniel has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Free University of Brussels, Belgium (ULB) and a MBA from Columbia University in New York City.

Bipolar Membrane Electrodialysis to Increase or Decrease the pH of Fruit Juices or Other Liquid Food Products

For more than 30 years, Ameridia Innovative Solutions and its parent company Eurodia Industrie have been commercializing electrodialysis systems based on its proprietary technology. This includes Bipolar Membrane Electrodialysis (“BPED”) that relies on the water-splitting capability of cutting-edge bipolar membranes to allow the conversion of aqueous salt solutions into their acids and bases. BPED has many applications in the chemical, mining, biotech, and water treatment industries where there is a need to recover/convert the acid and base values from salt streams. In the food and drink industry, the compelling feature of the BPED technology is the possibility to acidify or basify liquids without any addition of acidic or basic compounds that would need to appear in an ingredients list. Another major process benefit is that there is practically no product loss.

This presentation will open with the principles of the BPED technology, including the water-splitting reaction. Then, the presenter will illustrate the attractive additive-free feature with several practical examples in the food and drink industry. This will include examples where, either, the pH must be increased or must be decreased for fruit juices and wine. These innovative techniques have led to successful industrial systems, both currently in operation and under construction.


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