Swirltex has developed a revolutionary membrane technology that can significantly improve filtration efficiency and membrane lifetime. It has many applications including wastewater treatment and recycling, as well as food and beverage processing. Our unique technology opens tubular membrane applications to a broader market through significant improvements in flux (production) and energy efficiency compared to traditional operation methods. The design combines membrane filtration with buoyancy manipulation in a unique flow pattern, to greatly increase permeate production while reducing fouling, currently the greatest pain for the industry. Swirltex utilized a vortex generating device within the tubular membrane to center less buoyant material (air and solids) toward the center of the tube, reducing solid interaction with the membrane surface. The technology can be implemented as an improvement to processes that currently employ tubular membranes and can also enable the use of tubular membranes where they were originally not viable.