Startup Continues its Expansion (“Water Desalination Report”)

Published on May 22, 2018


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It looks like it’s going to be a busy 2018 for Boston-based Gradiant Corporation. The company has started the year by announcing a new Asian partner, the startup of a new zero liquid discharge (ZLD) installation and the formation of a new division focusing on membrane technology.


CEO Anurag Bajpayee told WDR that the company has established a partnership with Hong Kong’s Esquel Group—the world’s largest woven shirt manufacturer, producing over 100 million shirts per year—in which Gradiant will develop wastewater treatment systems for the firm’s textile and garment production facilities. Gradiant stepped into the textile space in 2017, after being awarded a contract to build, own and operate a ZLD system in southern India.


Bajpayee also said that Gradiant would be commissioning an 8 m3/h (32.2 gpm) Carrier Gas Extraction (CGE) system as part of a ZLD train treating FGD wastewater at a power plant in China’s Jiangsu province during 1Q2018. The CGE system employs Gradiant’s unique humidification-dehumidification process, and will concentrate dissolved solids in the FGD wastewater from 8 percent to 25 percent.


Meanwhile, the company’s subsidiaries have recently announced milestones of their own:

  • Gradiant Energy Services (GES) subsidiary president Danny Jimenez announced that GES has 135,000 bbl/day of oilfield produced water under management, predominately in West Texas’ Permian Basin.
  • Another subsidiary, Gradiant Membrane Products (GMP), is being established, with desalting veteran Rick Stover as president, to continue the research, development and commercialization of new membrane technologies, including its unique Counter Flow RO (CFRO) process reviewed in WDR2017-17.


Gradiant’s strategy of building its business through operating subsidiaries seems to be working. GES has quadrupled its team within one year of its formation, and it hopes to replicate GES’ success with Indian and Chinese subsidiaries. Interviews are now underway to hire management teams for the new divisions.