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MEmbrane DIstillation in Remote AreaS

Objective

The overall objective of the MEDIRAS project is the development and demonstration of cost effective and very reliable solar driven desalination systems for water scarcity affected regions with high insolation. The modular system set up is based on the highly innovative Membrane Distillation (MD) technology. MD is favorably applicable for small distributed desalination systems in the capacity range between 0.1-20m³/day. MD is very robust against different raw water conditions and operable with alternating energy supply like solar energy. With respect to demonstration and market penetration of MD systems, the project will be focused on cost reduction and quality improvement for life time extension of MD modules and MD systems, on the development of components such as brine cooler and brine disposal units for ground water desalination at inland locations with limited raw water resources, and on the development of scalable system configurations in order to adapt them to different customer demands. Solar energy driven units for potable water disinfection will be integrated into the desalination units for health protection. The emphasize of the MEDIRAS project is on the design, set up and operation of different demonstration systems. Three compact systems of different sizes (150l/day and 300l/day) and two multi module two loop systems (3m³/day and 5m³/day) for full solar energy supply and for combined solar and waste heat energy supply will be installed in different European potential user sites in , Gran Canaria (Spain), Tenerife (Spain) and Pantelleria (Italy), as well as in Tunesia as an example for an North-African country. Comprehensive performance evaluation and water quality analyses will be conducted. With respect to market penetration in addition to the technological goals, focus will also be on the identification of suitable markets and target user-groups for the technology and the preparation of the conditions for the system to enter the identified markets.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/natural resource management/desalination
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy/solar energy
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/hydrology

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2007-2-TREN
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)
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Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maximilian Steiert (Mr.)

Participants (9)

PSE AG
Germany
Address
Emmy Noether Strasse 2
79110 Freiburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andreas Haeberle (Dr.)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Alessandra Criscuoli (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PALERMO
Italy
Address
Piazza Marina 61
90133 Palermo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Domenico Palminteri (Dr.)
solar23 Tunisie SARL
Tunisia
Address
Rue Ibn Rochd
Tunis
Administrative Contact
Manel Naceur (Mrs.)
EUROPEAN SOLAR ENGINEERING SA
Belgium
Address
Parc Industriel 39
5580 Rochefort
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gilbert-Gaetan Descy (Mr.)
INSTITUTO TECNOLOGICO DE CANARIAS,S.A.
Spain
Address
Calle Cebrian 3
35003 Las Palmas De Gran Canaria
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sylvia Sanchez Mate (Ms.)
ClearWater Tec S.L.
Spain
Address
Finca San Pedro Apartado 108
Los Realejos
Administrative Contact
Karl Wackerhagen (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAET BREMEN
Germany
Address
Bibliothekstrasse 1
28359 Bremen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Silke Reinold (Ms.)
WIRTSCHAFT UND INFRASTRUKTUR GMBH & CO PLANUNGS KG
Germany
Address
Sylvensteinstrasse 2
81369 Muenchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christine Meyer-Haege (Ms.)