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Engineering students win International Environmental Design Contest
A team of University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering students placed first last week at an international environmental design competition for a system they created to clean hard, brackish water for municipal water districts. (2011-04-13)

Recycling perlite: New, improved method saves resources
A new method for recycling perlite provides greenhouse tomato growers with a cost-effective option that preserves natural resources while maintaining yield. Experiments using three recycling methods produced a clear winner; the (2011-03-17)

NJIT prof offers new desalination process using carbon nanotubes
A faster, better and cheaper desalination process enhanced by carbon nanotubes has been developed by NJIT Professor Somenath Mitra. The process creates a unique new architecture for the membrane distillation process by immobilizing carbon nanotubes in the membrane pores. Conventional approaches to desalination are thermal distillation and reverse osmosis. (2011-03-14)

memsys-NTU partnership to enhance water desalination technology
memsys clearwater Pte Ltd (memsys) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) are collaborating to enhance a patented technology to allow treatment of water contaminated with oil. If successful, the wider application of the patented memsys membrane distillation process can be used by companies here to produce distilled water for their industrial processes. (2011-01-21)

Researchers discover how to tame hammering droplets
A water hammer can occur when a valve is suddenly opened or closed in a pipe carrying water or steam, causing a pressure wave to travel down the pipe with enough force that it can sometimes cause the pipes to burst. Now, new research shows that a similar effect takes places on a tiny scale whenever a droplet of water strikes a surface. (2011-01-21)

Researchers discover a way to simultaneously desalinate water, produce hydrogen and treat wastewater
Fresh water and reusable energy. Humans are on a constant hunt for a sustainable supply of both. Water purification requires a lot of energy, while utility companies need large amounts of water for energy production. Their goal is to find a low-energy-required treatment technology. Researchers from the University of Colorado Denver College of Engineering and Applied Science may have discovered an answer. (2010-12-02)

Value-added sulfur scrubbing
Power plants that burn fossil fuels remain the main source of electricity generation across the globe. Modern power plants have scrubbers to remove sulfur compounds from their flue gases, which has helped reduce the problem of acid rain. Now, researchers in India have devised a way to convert the waste material produced by the scrubbing process into value-added products. They describe details in the International Journal of Environment and Pollution. (2010-10-21)

IBM, Delft University of Technology collaborate on smarter water research
Together with IBM (NYSE: IBM), Delft University of Technology (TU Delft, the Netherlands) is researching how technology and analytics can be applied to complex water systems to minimize the risk of flooding. The results stand to impact both the Dutch water system as well as other regions with similar complex water systems such as the Sacramento River Delta in the United States and the South-North Water Transfer Project in China, as well as for reservoir management in the Alps. (2010-10-04)

Scientists observe single ions moving through tiny carbon-nanotube channel
For the first time, a team of MIT chemical engineers has observed single ions marching through a tiny carbon-nanotube channel. Such channels could be used as extremely sensitive detectors or as part of a new water-desalination system. They could also allow scientists to study chemical reactions at the single-molecule level. (2010-09-09)

Saving a million acre-feet of water through conservation and efficiency in California
A new Pacific Institute analysis identifies specific actions that can annually save a million acre-feet of water in California quickly and at lower economic and ecological cost than developing new supplies. Water conservation and efficiency improvements from urban and agricultural sectors are central components of any portfolio of solutions for California's water problems: the report identifies the water-savings and offers strategies for financing and implementing them. Addressing the state's persistent water supply challenges cannot wait. (2010-09-08)

Ben-Gurion U. researchers receive US-AID MERC grant for water project with the Palestinian authority
The US-AID MERC grant will address biofouling of reverse osmosis membranes during reclamation of secondary wastewater. Reverse osmosis membrane filtration is normally used for desalination and reclamation of secondary effluents, removing organics and undesired salts from water. The grant project, (2010-08-13)

Nanotechnology for water purification
Writing in the International Journal of Nuclear Desalination, researchers at the D.J. Sanghvi College of Engineering, in Mumbai, India, explain that there are several nanotechnology approaches to water purification currently being investigated and some already in use. (2010-07-28)

Winners of ONR's Energy Challenge to help Navy reduce its carbon footprint
Aiming to motivate researchers to help the US Navy decrease its reliance on fossil fuels, the Office of Naval Research announced nine winners of an (2010-05-26)

Water, fair and foul
Dr. Hadas Mamane, Professor Eliora Ron and their doctoral student Anat Lakretz of Tel Aviv University recently determined the optimal ultraviolet-light wavelength for keeping water clean of microorganisms. They say that their brand new approach could be used by water treatment plants and desalination facilities to destroy these organisms and make these facilities more efficient. (2010-04-21)

Dirty waters
Clean water is often the common denominator in the aftermath of any widespread disaster -- manmade or natural. (2010-04-09)

Hold the salt: UCLA engineers develop revolutionary new desalination membrane
membranes has been a major obstacle to achieving high product water recovery when desalting brackish water, waste water and for treating seawater. In a new study, UCLA Engineering researchers unveil a new class of surface-structured RO membranes that not only show a resistance to fouling and scaling and are highly permeable, but can also be incorporated easily into the present commercial production system and have a potential to significantly reduce operating costs. (2010-04-05)

New approach to water desalination
A new approach to desalination being developed by researchers at MIT and in Korea could lead to small, portable desalination units that could be powered by solar cells or batteries and could deliver enough fresh water to supply the needs of a family or small village. As an added bonus, the system would also remove many contaminants, viruses and bacteria at the same time. (2010-03-23)

The Sur, Baleares and Segura basins are the driest in Spain
There is some discrepancy among the scientific community as to the situation of reservoirs in Spain, one of the countries with the greatest water stress in Europe. For this purpose, a team of researchers has surveyed experts and has determined which basins in Spain have the most water problems. (2010-01-27)

University of Nevada, Reno researcher devises new solar pond distillation system
Ecosystems of terminus lakes around the world could benefit from a new system being developed at the University of Nevada, Reno to desalinate water using a specialized low-cost solar pond and patented membrane distillation system powered by renewable energy. (2010-01-05)

Water droplets shape graphene nanostructures
A team of University of Illinois at Chicago chemists, lead by assistant professor Petr Král report the ability to bend and reshape graphene, opening up the possibility of forming new and novel devices in the nanoscale. They use an everyday household ingredient to perform the work -- a droplet of water. (2009-12-17)

Climate change in Kuwait Bay
Since 1985, seawater temperature in Kuwait Bay, northern Arabian Gulf, has increased on average 0.6 degrees Celsius per decade. This is about three times faster than the global average rate reported by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Differences are due to regional and local effects. Increased temperatures are having profound effects on key habitats and on power generation the Arabian Gulf. (2009-11-30)

LLNL licenses carbon nanotube technology to local company
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has exclusively licensed to Porifera Inc. of Hayward a carbon nanotube technology that can be used to desalinate water, and can be applied to other liquid based separations. (2009-11-12)

Desalination technology increases naval capabilities
The next generation of technology to turn saltwater into a fresh resource is on tap for the Navy. The Office of Naval Research is sponsoring the development of an innovative solution for generating potable water at twice the efficiency of current production for forces afloat, Marine Corps expeditionary forces and humanitarian missions ashore. (2009-09-24)

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev technology being developed for use in Jordan desalination plant
Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev are developing technology to scale up a novel method for achieving very high recoveries in desalination by reverse osmosis to be used in a Jordanian desalinization plant. (2009-08-19)

Wastewater produces electricity and desalinates water
A process that cleans wastewater and generates electricity can also remove 90 percent of salt from brackish water or seawater, according to an international team of researchers from China and the US. (2009-08-06)

Researchers achieve major breakthrough with water desalination system
UCLA Engineering has achieved a major breakthrough with its new mini-mobile-modular (M3) smart water desalination and filtration system. The M3, which is portable and can be monitored and operated remotely via the Web, showed in a recent field study in the San Joaquin Valley that it can desalt agricultural drainage water that was nearly saturated with calcium sulfate salts at up to 65 percent product water recovery; accomplishing this with just one reverse osmosis stage. (2009-07-13)

Toray to establish water treatment R&D center at NTU in Singapore
Today, Toray Industries Inc., a multinational corporation headquartered in Japan and the world's largest producer of carbon fiber, announced the establishment of Toray Water Technology Laboratory in Singapore to conduct research and development of water treatment technologies. Nanyang Technological University's Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute is chosen as the choice partner for its research activities in Singapore. (2009-06-24)

Salt block unexpectedly stretches in Sandia experiments
To stretch a supply of salt generally means using it sparingly. But researchers from Sandia National Laboratories and the University of Pittsburgh were startled when they found they had made the solid actually physically stretch. (2009-06-23)

Catalan rivers suffer from sediment accumulation
Catalan researchers have analyzed the nine river basins in Catalonia that flow out into the Mediterranean, studying their various features in terms of geomorphology, climate, hydrology, soil use and sediments. The research shows a decline in the amount of sediment they discharge into the sea over recent decades, as a result of urban development within the river basins, water extraction and water being held in reservoirs. (2009-06-09)

Logan receives water award
Converting waste water into energy has earned Bruce Logan, Kappe professor of environmental engineering, Penn State, the 2009 National Water Research Institute's Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize for excellence in water research. (2009-05-28)

Energy-efficient water purification made possible by Yale engineers
Water and energy are two resources on which modern society depends. As demands for these increase, researchers look to alternative technologies that promise both sustainability and reduced environmental impact. Engineered osmosis holds a key to addressing both the global need for affordable clean water and inexpensive sustainable energy according to Yale researchers. (2009-01-14)

New online report on massive jellyfish swarms released
Massive swarms of stinging jellyfish and jellyfish-like animals are transforming many world-class fisheries and tourist destinations into veritable jellytoriums that are intermittently jammed with pulsating, gelatinous creatures. Areas that are currently particularly hard-hit by these squishy animals include Hawaii, the Gulf of Mexico, the east coast of the US, the Bering Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, Australia, the Black Sea and other European seas, the Sea of Japan, the North Sea and Namibia. (2008-12-12)

Water purification down the nanotubes
Nanotechnology could be the answer to ensuring a safe supply of drinking water for regions of the world stricken by periodic drought or where water contamination is rife. Writing in the International Journal of Nuclear Desalination, researchers in India explain how carbon nanotubes could replace conventional materials in water-purification systems. (2008-09-15)

Saltwater solution to save crops
Technology under development at the University of New South Wales could offer new hope to farmers in drought-affected and marginal areas by enabling crops to grow using salty groundwater. (2008-09-11)

New chlorine-tolerant, desalination membrane hopes to boost access to clean water
A chemical engineering professor at The University of Texas at Austin is part of a team that has developed a chlorine-tolerant membrane that should simplify the water desalination process, increasing access to fresh water and possibly reducing greenhouse gases. (2008-07-22)

LLNL researchers peer into water in carbon nanotubes
Researchers have identified a signature for water inside single-walled carbon nanotubes, helping them understand how water is structured and how it moves within these tiny channels. (2008-06-25)

Livermore researchers use carbon nanotubes for molecular transport
Molecular transport across cellular membranes is essential to many of life's processes, for example electrical signaling in nerves, muscles and synapses. (2008-06-09)

Desalination can boost US water supplies, but environmental research needed
Recent advances in technology have made removing salt from seawater and groundwater a realistic option for increasing water supplies in some parts of the US, and desalination will likely have a niche in meeting the nation's future water needs, says a new report from the National Research Council. (2008-04-24)

Desalination and water supply
As some US regions face water shortages and growing contention over freshwater supplies, some communities are considering adding water through desalination -- removing salt either from seawater or the brackish groundwater that underlies large parts of the country. (2008-04-23)

Countering an approaching water crisis
As growing demand for clean water stretches even the resources of the world's largest industrialized nations, scientists and engineers are turning to new technology and novel ideas to find solutions. (2008-03-21)

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