International Conference on Emerging Water Desalination Technologies in Municipal and Industrial Applications


CO-LOCATED WITH IDA WORLD CONGRESS

About the Conference


About the Conference

The DesalTech 2015 Conference will focus specifically on research in emerging water desalination technologies for municipal and industrial applications. Reverse osmosis (RO) has become the conventional seawater and brackish water desalination technology in both municipal and industrial water applications. However, RO is an energy-intensive process with a large carbon footprint.

In response, global research and development is focusing on several emerging technologies which are less energy intensive and offer further opportunities for integration with renewable energy.

These processes include, among others, forward osmosis (FO), membrane distillation (MD), adsorption desalination (AD), and capacitive deioninzation (CDI). While these technologies may not replace RO, they provide important niche applications as well as potential hybrids in combination with other processes.

In addition to water production, there is a growing interest in exploiting desalination brines for (salinity gradient) energy production through processes like pressure retarded osmosis (PRO) and reverse electrodialysis (RED). While the municipal market for desalination is better understood, market forces are at work for desalination applications in industry, most notably the oil and gas extraction/production and mining.

Solar-powered adsorption desalination and cooling (ADC) pilot.

Solar-powered adsorption desalination and cooling (ADC) pilot.
Photo courtesy of Prof Ng Kim Choon, KAUST.

Schematics of the forward osmosis process

Schematics of the forward osmosis process
courtesy of Zhenyu Li, KAUST.