Fast track delivery of Nijhuis smart and MODULAR (waste)water treatment solutions

In this day, both industrial and municipal customers are continuously searching for solutions to contribute to the circular economy, in order to meet their sustainability goals, lower their environmental footprint, combining productivity and energy efficiency whilst also ensuring minimum life-cycle costs.

Five Nijhuis experts shared their vision about the modular Nijhuis BoxFrame solutions and their impact on fast track delivery and turning (waste)water into sustainable profit.

“The current global market continues to pose a challenge to companies that strive to balance their economical and sustainability goals”, said Emiel Koster, Area Sales Director at Nijhuis Industries and actively involved in marketing and sales. “Modular and temporary solutions address the requirements of a growing number of customers to extend production infrastructure lifetime, improve sustainability and reduce total cost of ownership. In particular global operating multinationals intent to relocate production facilities during their economic lifetime, anticipating local requirements, changing demands and regulations.”

Anticipating local requirements with modular and temporary solutions

“We design, build and realize containerized, prefabricated skid or/and BoxFrame plants ensuring we have the flexibility to realize a plant with the lowest possible total cost of ownership. Our BoxFrame solution is a state-of-the-art modular set-up reducing footprint and simplify civil construction in comparison to conventional plant design and delivery. This solution is suitable for every (waste)water capacity, standalone systems and full-scale plants. Modular solutions are currently applied in industrial applications, retail and distribution centers, holiday & leisure parks and industrial zones. However together with several partners we are also getting involved in mining operations, army and refugee camps, disaster relief and even events such as festivals.”


“Especially industrial customers deal with variations in production levels calling for flexibility in the volumes of the wastewater generated from production. Additionally, a growing number of our global customer base hesitates to invest in peak capacity which might not be required for a longer period of time having a negative impact on the return on capital. With our unique and modular design philospy they can anticipate faster to these variations”, ended Emiel Koster.

Prefabrication of Nijhuis BoxFrames

Nijhuis BoxFrames will not only simplify civil construction but will also greatly reduce the installation process, commissioning time and on-site risks due to the smart prefabrication process. According to Barry Domhof, production manager at Nijhuis Industries: “Each modular BoxFrame is manufactured, pre-assembled and equipped with our decentralized electrical control system (i-CONTROL) at our state-of-the-art facilities and thoroughly tested at our sophisticated Nijhuis workshop in the Netherlands. The BoxFrames are executed in galvanised or coated steel frames and can be transported in High Cube sea containers.”

“It is also possible to build a complete WWTP building by connecting multiple modular BoxFrames. Sandwich panels and top cover modules can be easily mounted to the frame work ensuring secure wind and watertight operation. The Nijhuis BoxFrames can operate between -50 °C and +60 °C (-58 °F and +140 °F)” and can be built in accordance with client specifications and local regulations.”

Standardization of modules - plug and play

“Due to the standardization and modular nature of the Nijhuis BoxFrames the lead time for the engineering of the project is significantly reduced”, said Eric Thuis, Team Leader Lead Mechanical Engineering at Nijhuis Industries. “After the technical design has been agreed with our clients, lead mechanical engineering prepare a detailed lay-out of the plant (either green- or brown field).”

“Because of the standardization, the required space and footprint is minimized. If the footprint is restricted we can build for example, a three to four floor building. Sometimes it feels like we are playing with Lego blocks for adults. Because of the ‘plug and play’ and mobile nature, fast track expansion or relocation of wastewater utilities is now becoming affordable.”

Capacity building and Operation & Maintenance

According to Max Gruson, Service Manager at Nijhuis Industries: “Operators are also actively engaged during the engineering and factory acceptance test acquainting themselves with the technology, which is shortening the hand-over time on site and improving the reliability of the operation. Supported by our i-MONITORING service and predictive i-MAINTENANCE proposals we actively support customers to secure them a seamless operation, avoiding down-time against the lowest possible life-cycle cost.”

Cities of the Future

“Smart and flexible solutions are required to address the fluctuating demands for water either or the changing wastewater volume and composition”, stated Wilbert Menkveld, Research & Development Manager at Nijhuis Industries. “We actively help ‘cities of the future’ with designing and delivering decentralized solutions. This will secure trouble-free treatment of wastewater and potable water supply, by using our innovative modular design philospy to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals, such as SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation), SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities) at lower costs compared to regular designed solutions!”