HTI was Founded in 1986 in Albany, Oregon with the Purpose of Utilizing their Engineering and Chemistry Expertise to Pioneer Innovative Membrane Technology Research.
HTI originally developed forward osmosis membrane for "cold" concentration of food and beverage products. Projects were carried out at OSU Food Science, UC Davis and a California tomato plant demonstrating quality benefits and energy savings.
Since its inception, HTI has been the only company to:
- Commercially manufacture and market forward osmosis membrane material,
- Apply forward osmosis membrane technology to filtration, concentration, removal and recycling of water from difficult to handle toxic waste and pollution streams, and do so on a large commercial scale,
- Provide personal and group water filtration systems using forward osmosis membrane process to yield highly pure filtered water with substantially all bacteria, viruses and toxic pollutants removed,
- Provide a foolproof method of commercial and industrial water filtration that truly minimizes the need for collateral production of “Green House Gases”.
- 1990 - Received 7 year grant from US Department of Energy to study chemical recovery.
- 1993 - Received US Navy award for gray water treatment.
- 1994 - Awarded NASA contract for space water recovery system.
- 1995 - Received industry grant for tomato paste production using "cold" forward osmosis.
- 1996 - Constructed the world's first forward osmosis dewatering system for a Nutraceutical plant producing blue green algae.
- 1998 - Constructed the worlds first forward osmosis water treatment plant for Landfill Leachate
- 2000 - Developed and constructed unique oil/water separating systems for Boeing.
- 2001 - Awarded DARPA contract for development of the X-Pack, emergency hydration pouch.
- 2002 to 2009 - Developed manufactured and marketed world's first forward osmosis personal emergency hydration devices. US military was the first to use these HTI products with over 100,000 devices fielded. Retail and disaster relief products also made available.
- 2008 - Constructed state of the art automated forward osmosis membrane manufacturing facility.
- 2009 - Introduced the HTI HydroWell Village system for group hydration.
- 2009 - Renewed focus on commercial and industrial waste water treatment systems and water reuse.
- 2009 - Joint Venture formed with Bear Creek Services to commercialize HTI’s revolutionary forward osmosis waste water filtration and reuse system within the oil and gas exploration industry.
- 2009 - Developed and constructed revolutionary forward osmosis sludge dewatering and recycling system for Anaerobic bio-gas cogeneration power plant.
- 2009 - The Royal Air Force adopts the HTI SeaPack as their emergency saltwater survival filter for the Euorfighter aircraft.
- 2009 - USCG adopts the HTI SeaPack as their emergency saltwater survival filter.
- 2010 - HTI responds to the Haiti earthquake with HydroPacks and HydroWell Village Systems, in partnership with International Medical Corps.
- 2011 - HTI’s HydroPacks fly on the last Space Shuttle flight, as NASA explores forward osmosis as the future emergency hydration strategy for manned space flights.
- 2011 - HTI and the Kenyan Water for Health Organization implements a successful HydroPack pilot project involving 90 households in Western Kenya.
- 2012 - HTI creates new thin film composite membrane that more than doubles current filtration speed.