Blue Foot Membranes
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IPC™ membranes
the worlds first fully back washable flat sheet membrane

Installed in existing as well as in new membrane bioreactor, IPC™ membranes can double the output capacity per square meter and lower the aeration cost by at least 50% of your exisiting or future MBR.


Blue Foot Membranes is a start-up company producing and commercializing the unique and worldwide-patented Integrated Permeate Channel (IPC™) technology.

I always wanted to be part of a new venture. The entrepreneurial spirit and the fact that you personally can make the difference in a startup made me choose for BFM.

Glenn Van Hout

Our Vision

Climate change, industrialization and population growth lead to water scarcity across the world. As a consequence, the industrial use of groundwater is restricted or even forbidden in several parts of the world. This stricter regulation makes the re-use of wastewater necessary.

Our Mission

IPC™ membranes are a key component in wastewater treatment and water reuse. By making IPC™ membranes the preferred membranes for potable water, wastewater and industrial process water treatment, we are reducing the world water footprint and truly contributing to a more sustainable world.


At Blue Foot Membranes a top international team of technical experts and business entrepreneurs are working together to succeed in our mission.

We do this everyday by supplying municipalities, industrial customers, original equipment manufacturers and engineering companies around the world with state of the art IPC™ membranes.


I can assure you, the IPC™ technology changed the way I look at MBR’s.

Piet DeLangheCEO, Pantarein water filtration

The combination of the back flushable IPC™ membranes and our triple deck module configuration is really a game changer.

Ulrich BruchCEO, A3/MMF

IPC™ Technology

Back in 2005, the first conceptual idea of Integrated Permeate Channel (IPC™) membranes was launched @ VITO, a leading European independent research and technology organization in the areas of cleantech and sustainable development. Now, a decade later, the advantages of the patented IPC™ technology have been clearly demonstrated in the field.

The IPC™ membrane comprises a permeate channel, consisting of an open 3D spacer fabric. The membrane layers are coated directly on the 3D spacer fabric. As such, a membrane envelop is formed whereby the membrane layers are mechanically anchored in the fabric surface allowing for rigorous backwashing, up to 2 bar(g) of the membrane. The membranes’ thickness of only 3mm makes a 50% higher packing density possible when compared to other commercial available flat sheet membranes.

BFM product

IPC™ membranes are the world first thoroughly back washable flat sheet membranes. Thanks to the capability of back washing up to 2 bar(g), improved fouling control of the membranes can be achieved. This improved fouling control results in flux improvement of more then 100% compared to commercial available flat sheet membranes.

With a total thickness of 3 mm per membrane, a 50% higher packing density is achieved. In combination with the patented triple deck module configuration, the first result is a substantial lower footprint of your installation. However, since only one aeration system per triple deck module configuration is needed, the aeration demands is significantly lower compared to other modules, which reduces the operational cost substantially.

Efficient physical cleaning is crucial for the lifetime of the overall filtration system. The flat sheet design enables a well-defined flow pattern and allows for more then 600.000 ppm hours of Chlorine. The IPC™ membrane is less prone to braiding and clogging compared to hollow fiber modules. Furthermore the membrane layers are mechanically anchored on the support spacer with a burst pressure of minimum 4 bar(g) making the life time of the system expected to exceed 8 years.

You want to discover this game changing IPC™ technology? Download here our brochure or contact us directly.

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Check the following form if you want to find about more about our IPC™ technology or if you are interested in joining our team.

Our Headquarters

Gerard Mercatorstraat 31
3920 Lommel
Tel: +32 492 58 55 79