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The project addresses the strategic topic of providing drinking and irrigation water through sea water desalination via a very energy-efficient and cost competitive submarine technology, with a broad application potential in countries around the Mediterranean Sea, including southern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. The Reverse Osmosis Deep Sea System (RODSS) uses a reverse osmosis desalinating unit sited offshore at a suitable operative depth and achieves a remarkable energy efficiency through the free exploitation of the hydrostatic pressure of sea water. The desalinated water produced below the sea level is pumped to the sea surface.

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Authors: PACENTI P, EI, JRC-Ispra (IT);COLOMBO R, EI, JRC-Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: PETRA 99 WORKSHOP, Petra (AF), 29th May - 1st June (1999)
Availability: Available from Public Relations and Publications Unit, Ispra (IT)
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