Genesis Morocco: Good news on the water desalinization field.

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Project Genesis is a strategic sustainable development framework for Morocco to translate from being a net importer of energy and a country facing water shortage issues, into the number one producer both of clean renewable energy and water in the region.

Monday, October 26, 2009    <<Home

Good news on the water desalinization field.

10/26/2009 01:07:32 PM PDT

NanOasis Technologies Inc. of Richmond received a $2,031,252 grant from the US
Department of Energy for carbon nanotube research — here, for reverse osmosis membranes requiring less energy which could dramatically reduce costs of water desalination for agriculture and other uses.

NanOasis is using carbon nanotubes in membranes to increase membrane permeability by several-fold without loss of rejection. This permeability increase results in a significant reduction in the required energy to produce a given flow rate, along with decreasing membrane area requirements. Depending on the feed water salinity and the design of the particular reverse osmosis system where the technology is implemented, energy reduction could range from 30-50%, with a total water cost reduction of up to 40%.

//personal notes : energy being the main cost of water desalination, this technological advance lowers the cost per cubic meter, meaning two things : efficiency and sustainability, which is what developing countries like ours should be looking at for any technological solution. I consider this a major step stone for Project Atlas and will be keeping watch on future developments regarding this promising technology and firm.