TotalEnergies, Arteco, and BOSAQ collaborate on sustainable water management
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TotalEnergies, Arteco, and BOSAQ collaborate on sustainable water management

TotalEnergies, Arteco, and BOSAQ have announced a collaborative project focused on sustainable water management in the production of coolants. This innovative initiative aims to purify local surface water into demineralised water, significantly reducing the reliance on tap water. The Schoten production site in Belgium is set to decrease its tap water consumption by at least 25,000 cubic metres annually, marking a significant milestone in eco-friendly coolant production.

Arteco, a joint venture between Chevron and TotalEnergies specialising in high-performance coolants and heat transfer fluids for automotive and industrial applications, has continually adapted to industry advancements. Alexandre Moireau, general manager of Arteco, emphasised the alignment of this project with Arteco’s sustainability goals, stating, “Our pioneering spirit has always been a core value. By joining forces with BOSAQ and TotalEnergies, we are taking an important step towards sustainable coolant production.”

TotalEnergies and Arteco place safety and sustainability at the forefront of their operations. Kristof Vermeire, manager of the coolant production plant in Schoten, highlighted the company’s ongoing efforts to optimise production and minimise its ecological footprint. These efforts include transitioning to 100% renewable electricity, reducing energy consumption, and recycling rinse products. The collaboration with BOSAQ, a leader in sustainable water management based in Ghent, Belgium, aims to efficiently manage water resources, furthering their sustainability initiatives.

The partnership will enable the Schoten plant to save at least 25,000 cubic metres of tap water per year. BOSAQ’s Q-Drop unit, a compact water purification solution installed on-site, will allow the plant to switch from public drinking water to locally managed resources. Vermeire noted the future-proof nature of this solution, accommodating potential capacity expansions.

Operation of BOSAQ’s Q-Drop unit

The Q-Drop unit, designed by BOSAQ’s engineers, purifies local surface water through a two-stage membrane treatment process. Initially, ultrafiltration removes suspended solids and bacteria, followed by reverse osmosis to eliminate salts and remaining organic matter. This system adapts to seasonal changes in water quality and reduces the need for chemical cleaning, thereby minimising the chemical footprint.

Jacob Bossaer, CEO and founder of BOSAQ, stated, “Our goal is to help our customers use water sustainably and cost-effectively, preparing them for the future.”