New task force aims to reduce desal energy consumption 20 percent by 2015

Sponsored by

TOPSFIELD, MA, Apr. 10, 2012 -- The International Desalination Association (IDA) has formed a global Energy Task Force whose goal is to achieve a 20% reduction in energy consumption in all major seawater desalination processes by 2015.

The IDA Energy Task Force will create a framework to encourage and promote strategies to further enhance energy efficiency in desalination processes, both thermal and membrane. It will be structured to include a network of experts from around the world to share best practices for energy efficiency in desalination. These professionals will represent utilities (end-users), desalination companies including suppliers, consultants, research & development institutions, academia, and IDA's Technical Programs Committee.

Initial work by the Task Force includes establishing existing energy requirements for desalination processes and outlining specific targets for each process -- thermal, membrane and hybrid. The Task Force will look to the desalination industry to develop pilot and demonstration plants meeting the stated targets.

The Task Force will support and build on existing initiatives by developing guidelines for reduction of energy in desalination processes. In addition, it will investigate further development and deployment of hybrid processes as well as the further use of alternative energy sources in desalination.

IDA plans to organize a Conference in which its Energy and the Environmental Task Force will convene to discuss opportunities for enhancing energy efficiency in desalination.

"Many desalination utilities and companies are already committed to significant reduction in energy. In fact, over the past two decades, energy requirements for desalination have been reduced by more than 50% and many new plants have been or are being designed to utilize renewable energy resources, with a long term goal of significantly reducing or eliminating the use of fossil fuels," said Awerbuch.

"The ultimate objective is to encourage the industry to implement these solutions in all desalination projects, using the best available technologies applicable to the location of the plants. It is the aim of the Task Force that the technology and the pilot and demonstration work will be adopted by water and power utilities and Independent Water Projects and Independent Water and Power Projects around the world," he continued.

About IDA
The International Desalination Association (www.idadesalorg) is a non-profit association that serves more than 2,400 core members in 60 countries and reaches an additional 4,000 affiliate members. Its membership comprises scientists, end-users, engineers, consultants and researchers from governments, corporations and academia. IDA is associated with the United Nations as part of a growing international network of non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

###

Sponsored by

TODAY'S HEADLINES

NAWC lauds U.S. House Committee's notable PPP bipartisan report

The National Association of Water Companies is supporting the report, "Public-Private Partnerships: Balancing the Needs of the Public and Private Sectors to Finance the Nation's Infrastructure," by the Transportation and Infrastructure Panel of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Baldor Electric receives Governor's Top Quality Award for operational excellence

This week, the Arkansas Institute for Performance Excellence honored Baldor Electric to receive the Arkansas Governor's Quality Award for Performance Excellence.

MA wastewater treatment plant improves operations with sludge grinder

The Lynn Wastewater Treatment Plant in Swampscott, Mass., has improved capacity and reduced maintenance intervals thanks to a pair of Series-A Munchers from NOV Mono.

EPA announces major modifications to ongoing VT landfill Superfund site remedy

EPA has proposed major recommended modifications to the ongoing remedy of the BFI Rockingham Landfill Superfund Site in Rockingham, Vt., that include an increased timeframe to cleanup groundwater, additional groundwater restrictions, and revised arsenic and lead cleanup levels.

FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA