Energy Saving Through Osmotic Concentration for the Food and Beverage Processing Industry

2 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Energy Commission
Document Title
Energy Saving Through Osmotic Concentration for the Food and Beverage Processing Industry
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
This project will demonstrate a commercial-scale forward osmosis system at a watermelon food and beverage processing plant in California. The system uses an innovative forward osmosis technology to reduce energy, chemicals, and maintenance that is normally required of food and beverage processing concentration.

Contact Information

Rachel Salazar
Agency Name
CA Energy Commission
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Agency Name
Porifera, Inc.
Contact Types
Project Applicant


Albany, Manteca
Alameda, San Joaquin
Cross Streets
14631 S. Jack Tone Rd.; 800 Buchanan St.,
Other Information
Manteca 95336 Albany 94710

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
S: 15303
Reasons for Exemption
This project involves laboratory research, equipment design and assembly, and equipment operation. All proposed activities will take place within existing, fully permitted buildings or facilities, without need for expansion or significant modification of the facilities. The new forward osmosis system will be installed and operated at a warehouse designated for fruit juice production and concentration. The system will be skid-mounted and will use existing infrastructure (plumbing, electrical, water, and sewer). The system has an approximate footprint of 10 feet by 15 feet, and will not impact operations at the facility. Furthermore, the electrical consumption of the system will be less than one percent of the facility's current electrical consumption. Finally, none of the proposed activities will cause a direct or reasonable foreseeable indirect physical change in the environment.


Notice of Exemption

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