HSINCHU, Taiwan, March 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In response to World Water Day on the importance of water conservation and management, AU Optronics Corp. ("AUO" or the "Company") (TAIEX: 2409; NYSE: AUO) today announced Taiwan's first Zero Liquid Discharge Solution, which by going through two recycling stages, the wastewater could be completely retrieved. Over the years, AUO has devoted significant efforts to the development of water recycling technology, resulting in process water recycling rates of above 80% in all sites. In particular, AUO's G8.5 fabs in Taichung and Houli, LEED Gold and Platinum-certified plants respectively, both boast process water recycling rates of higher than 90%. AUO has now achieved another breakthrough by presenting the first Zero Liquid Discharge Solution in Taiwan's manufacturing industry, fulfilling its 100% water recycling goal.
Due to water scarcity caused by human and climate factors, in 1992 the United Nations designated every March 22nd to be World Water Day. Each year, a specific aspect of water is highlighted to raise the awareness of water conservation around the world. The theme of year 2013 is "water cooperation", which stresses the importance of safeguarding water resources, facilitating collaboration, and pooling efforts to attain water sustainability. As a corporate citizen and integral whole with local communities, AUO has practiced water cooperation by taking the initiative to devise an innovative Zero Liquid Discharge Solution. With the latest cutting edge methods, local water quality could be maintained, and at the same time, other environmental impacts effectively reduced.
The key to AUO's Zero Liquid Discharge Solution breakthrough lies in its profound experience in water treatment over the years. It is after years of research and development that AUO has made technological breakthroughs and came up with this financially feasible solution. Two recycling stages are involved during the Zero Liquid Discharge process, the first being the concentration and reduction of discharge water by over 95%, and then use of high efficiency evaporation equipment to achieve zero discharge. Meanwhile, only 0.6% of the fuel used in the traditional Zero Liquid Discharge method is needed for such operation. It is so far the industry's most advanced and eco-friendly discharge water treatment method.