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ECPU Researchers in Desalination Innovation School

The researchers from the Electrochemical Processes Unit (ECPU) of IMDEA Energy Enrique García-Quismondo and Julio J. Lado participated in the Desalination Innovation School as part of the Desalination Week hold in Denia on 25 – 27 November. The Desalination Innovation School focused on current low-energy desalination systems in use in different parts of the world, and innovative approaches to creating fresh water with less impact and energy.  

ECPU researcher, Julio J. Lado showed in his talk entitled “Water Desalination by Capacitive Deionization (CDI): Challenges and Prospects” the more relevant aspects of the CDI technology along with the recent developments that the ECPU of IMDEA Energy has developed in terms of scaling up this technology*. The Desalination Innovation School, a 2-day course, was aimed at providing a closer look at salt water treatment for master’s students and young professionals studying and working in water production technologies. The Desalination Innovation School took place at the Balearia facility in Denia, Spain, during “Desalination Week” to celebrate the launch of the MIDES project’s first demonstration site at the Aqualia Racons Brackish Water Desalination Plant in Denia.

Really interesting presentations focusing on the reduction of energy consumption in the desalination process, valuable minerals recovery from brine, solar desalination and bio electrochemical treatment of waste water were delivered during the event.

*More information about our research on scaling up CDI in our recently published paper:
Graphite felt 3D framework composites as an easy to scale capacitive deionization electrode for brackish water desalination https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cej.2019.123698
Event Date: 
Thursday, December 26, 2019