Membrane Technology Forum

Ryan Furukawa

Ryan Furukawa
Vice President Client Solutions / Co-Creation, Solecta Inc.

Ryan Furukawa is the Vice President of Client Solutions /Co-Creation at Solecta where he is responsible for the development and implementation of their Co-Creation initiatives, designed to bring innovative filtration solutions to life through strategic partnerships, R&D, and application development.

Through his career at Hydranautics and H2O Innovation, Ryan holds over 18 years of membrane filtration experience and has worked in a variety of commercial and technical leadership roles related to product and application development, process design, and technical support of membrane systems. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University.


Viable Alternatives to Landfilling Elements at End of Life”

o The global membrane separation technology market continues to grow at a significant rate driven by expanded usage in process applications and growing environmental restrictions on untreated wastewater discharge. It is forecasted that more than 165,000 tons of waste will be created globally in 2022 from more than 12 million used elements, most of which will be disposed of in landfills. This number is expected to double by 2030 based on recent market analyses. As was discussed at last year’s Membrane Technology Forum, the need for alternative options to landfilling used elements has become increasingly important. Two persisting challenges of element recycle are the complexity of the mix of materials used in the manufacture of membrane separation elements and the complexity of residual materials left in the element at the end of life. Join Solecta as we share what we are doing to address this very important topic and the steps we’re taking to provide leadership and meaningful solutions to counter the landfill disposal option.