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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)

Experts strategize to bring desalination and renewable energy together
Renewable energy development will play a key role in improving and expanding desalination water projects throughout the United States, according to participants in the 56th Annual New Mexico Water Conference. The conference, coordinated by the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute at New Mexico State University and the Bureau of Reclamation, brought desalination experts from around the world together in Alamogordo, N.M., to discuss ways to advance desalination projects on Dec. 13 and 14. (2011-12-14)

New paper examines future of seawater desalinization
A paper co-authored by William Phillip of the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Menachem Elimelech, Robert Goizueta Professor of Environmental and Chemical Engineering at Yale University, appearing in this week's edition of the journal Science offers a critical review of the state of seawater desalination technology. (2011-08-04)

Peel-off coating keeps desalination cleaner and greener
A polyelectrolyte coating enables clean seawater desalination systems without harmful chemicals. (2020-11-16)

Nuclear desalination
New solutions to the ancient problem of maintaining a fresh water supply is discussed in a special issue of the Inderscience publication International Journal of Nuclear Desalination. With predictions that more than 3.5 billion people will live in areas facing severe water shortages by the year 2025, the challenge is to find an environmentally benign way to remove salt from seawater. (2007-11-20)

New membranes deliver clean water more efficiently
Researchers from the Melbourne School of Engineering at the University of Melbourne, in conjunction with CSIRO, have developed new membranes or micro-filters that will result in clean water in a much more energy efficient manner. (2015-03-23)

Into the mix: Harnessing the energy when freshwater meets the sea
New research from Griffith University reveals the potential benefits of harnessing the energy created from salinity gradients, with impacts across climate change, fossil fuel reliance and the global desalination industry. (2015-09-20)

A biomimetic membrane for desalinating seawater on an industrial scale
Reverse osmosis is one of the most widely used techniques for the desalination of water. Some of the membranes currently used are artificial channels of water inserted into lipid layers. But their large-scale performance is not satisfactory. An international team has developed a hybrid strategy, which consists of combining a polyamide matrix and artificial water channels into a single structure. Their membranes have been tested under industrial conditions and outperform conventional membranes. (2020-11-09)

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)

Boring down on boron
High-temperature desalination technologies can efficiently reduce the concentrations of a chemical element in seawater to make it an effective substitute for fresh water. Research that has investigated how the element boron evaporates could help produce higher-quality drinking and irrigation water. (2018-06-12)

Multifunctional porous carbon fibers show significant promise in capacitive desalination
Researchers have developed a material that is up to 40 times faster in desalinating small batches of water than other materials available today. (2020-05-05)

Water Treatment and Reuse -- II
Water treatment and reuse are very important issues for both developed and developing countries. As supply of clean water becomes limited for industrial, agricultural and municipal uses, the improvement of conventional technologies and application of new technologies will be critical. This conference will provide an effective forum to discuss research and development in the advancement and use of technologies for purifying industrial and municipal waste water for reuse, and the latest development of integrated technologies for water treatment. (2006-12-26)

Reclamation awards $1.4 million to 9 desalination & water purification research studies
Bureau of Reclamation Acting Commissioner Lowell Pimley announced that nine research projects and pilot studies will receive $1.4 million to address desalination and water purification needs. Reclamation's Desalination and Water Purification Research Program will provide the funding for four research laboratory-scale projects and three pilot testing projects. Two previously announced pilot-scale projects will receive second-year funding. (2014-08-11)

Better desalination technology key to solving world's water shortage
Over one-third of the world's population already lives in areas struggling to keep up with the demand for fresh water. By 2025, that number will nearly double. A new Yale University study argues that seawater desalination should play an important role in helping combat worldwide fresh water shortages -- once conservation, reuse and other methods have been exhausted -- and provides insight into how desalination technology can be made more affordable and energy efficient. (2011-08-04)

Study of brine discharge from desalination plant finds good news and bad news
Before the Carlsbad Desalination Plant in Southern California began operations in 2015, scientists at UC Santa Cruz recognized an important opportunity to study the effects of the high-salinity brine that would be discharged from the plant into coastal waters. Their study shows that brine discharged from the plant raises offshore salinity levels more than permitted, but researchers found no direct local impacts on sea life. (2019-01-31)

A scale-up nanoporous membrane centrifuge for reverse osmosis desalination without fouling
A novel design of a scale-up nanoporous membrane centrifuge (see Figure 1 (a), (b), (c), and (d)) is proposed for reverse osmosis desalination, and the proof of concept is demonstrated through large scale molecular dynamics simulations reported in this article. (2018-04-18)

Historian examines environmental cost of tapping alternate sources for water, oil
Saudi Arabia is known as one of the top oil producing countries in the world. However, an Iowa State University professor of history says it may have never earned that reputation if not for a quest to find fresh drinking water in the late 19th century, because of drought and repeated cholera outbreaks. (2015-11-02)

Desalination plants a 'hidden asset' for power, water
Generating hydropower from infrequently used desalination plants would create economic and environmental benefits for our biggest cities, according to research led by Griffith University's Dr. Oz Sahin. (2016-03-03)

Solar power with a free side of drinking water
An integrated system seamlessly harnesses sunlight to cogenerate electricity and fresh water. (2019-07-10)

Graphene sieve turns seawater into drinking water
Graphene-oxide membranes have attracted considerable attention as promising candidates for new filtration technologies. Now the much sought-after development of making membranes capable of sieving common salts has been achieved. (2017-04-03)

Australian desalination plant attracts fish
With growing populations and climate uncertainty, water security is a global concern. Many nations operate desalination plants, which remove salt from seawater to make it drinkable. These facilities typically discharge excess salt as hypersaline brine back into the ocean, with uncertain ecological effects. Now, researchers in Environmental Science & Technology report that a large desalination plant in Australia has the unexpected benefit of attracting some species of fish, increasing their abundance at the discharge site. (2019-12-18)

Harnessing the sun to bring fresh water to remote or disaster-struck communities
Researchers at the University of Bath have developed a revolutionary desalination process that has the potential to be operated in mobile, solar-powered units. (2020-02-13)

Desalination roadmap seeks technological solutions to increase the nation's water supply
Sandia National Laboratories researchers Pat Brady and Tom Hinkebein are putting the final touches on the updated Desalination and Water Purification Roadmap -- (2006-06-06)

University of Houston research offers hope for water-starved West
With more than more than 2.7 billion acre-feet of brackish groundwater, even West Texas isn't technically bone dry. But current desalination techniques are expensive, prompting intense interest in new methods to draw minerals and salt from brackish water. Shankar Chellam, professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Houston, is working on a more efficient, less expensive way to remove contaminants and salt from brackish surface water. The treatments would also apply to brackish underground aquifers. (2014-10-23)

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)

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)

Illinois engineer continues to make waves in water desalination
University of Illinois researcher Kyle Smith continues to build on his highly praised work to develop new methods of deionizing saltwater. His latest paper, 'Effect of Conductive Additives on the Transport Properties of Porous Flow-Through Electrodes with Insulative Particles and their Optimization for Faradaic Deionization,' published this week in Water Research, demonstrated promising results for energy-efficient desalination of alternative water resources. (2019-08-30)

Palestinian farmers benefit from Birmingham water technology project
University of Birmingham scientists have worked with international students to produce prototype desalination equipment that could help Palestinian farmers avoid water shortages and grow crops efficiently. (2019-10-31)

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)

Breakthrough technology purifies water using the power of sunlight
A research team, led by Australia's Monash University, has been able to transform brackish water and seawater into safe, clean drinking water in less than 30 minutes using metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and sunlight. (2020-08-10)

Scientists cook up new recipes for taking salt out of seawater
As populations boom and chronic droughts persist, coastal cities like Carlsbad in Southern California have increasingly turned to ocean desalination to supplement a dwindling fresh water supply. Now scientists at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) investigating how to make desalination less expensive have hit on promising design rules for making so-called 'thermally responsive' ionic liquids to separate water from salt. (2019-07-31)

New desalination technology taps waste heat from power plants
University of Florida researchers have developed a technology that can tap waste heat from electrical power plants as its main source of energy, an advance that could significantly reduce the cost of desalination in some parts of the world. (2004-12-16)

Turning desalination waste into a useful resource
Process developed at MIT could turn concentrated brine into useful chemicals, making desalination more efficient. (2019-02-13)

KIST ensures stability of desalination process with magnesium
A Korean research team found a method to inhibit the fouling of membranes, which are used in the desalination process that removes salt and dissolved substances from seawater to obtain drinking, domestic, and industrial water. (2020-05-04)

Insects inspire greener, cheaper membranes for desalination
Insect-inspired design principles lead to first-ever water-repellent membranes made from water-wet materials. (2019-06-30)

Shocking new way to get the salt out
A new MIT system uses shockwaves to remove salt from water. (2015-11-12)

How we transport water in our bodies inspires new water filtration method
A multidisciplinary group of engineers and scientists has discovered a new method for water filtration that could have implications for a variety of technologies, such as desalination plants, breathable and protective fabrics, and carbon capture in gas separations. The research team, led by Manish Kumar in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, published their findings in the latest issue of Nature Nanotechnology. (2019-12-16)

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)

Using sunlight to the max
A floating membrane that uses sunlight to evaporate water shows potential for water purification. (2017-06-18)

Chemists work to desalt the ocean for drinking water, 1 nanoliter at a time
By creating a small electrical field that removes salts from seawater, chemists have introduced a new method for the desalination of seawater that consumes less energy and is dramatically simpler than conventional techniques. The new method requires so little energy that it can run on a store-bought battery. (2013-06-27)

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