Texas A&M, CDT Systems partner to advance desalination, water technology

The agreement builds on relationship begun in 2003 with the Global Petroleum Institute and creates a five-year partnership to provide basic concepts and procedures to provide programs of research, technology development and outreach between CDT Systems and the Texas Water Resources Institute. It also would involve creation of advanced degrees in water management and construction of a manufacturing center in the Bryan/College Station, Texas, area...

Jan 6th, 2005

DALLAS, Jan. 6, 2004 (PRNewswire-FirstCall) -- Texas A&M University, the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station (TAES) and the Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI), a component of TAES, have reached an agreement with CDT Systems Inc., a Dallas-based water technology company.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) creates a five-year partnership to provide basic concepts and procedures to provide programs of research, technology development and outreach between CDT Systems and TWRI.

This MOU is based upon a working relationship established in October 2003 between CDT Systems, TAES, TWRI and Texas A&M's Global Petroleum Institute, which resulted in continuing desalination testing programs with the Texas Water Development Board.

CDT Systems, TAES and TWRI will cooperate to develop comprehensive programs to achieve maximum efficiency in desalination and water treatment technologies. The parties will cooperate in the execution of the programs by providing the resources needed for the testing, evaluation and field usage of desalination technologies; where possible, the parties will consolidate and disseminate research results to cooperating industries and to the scientific community.

The parties also agree that the implementation of this MOU can be best achieved by locating the planned CDT Systems manufacturing facility in the Bryan-College Station, Texas, area; therefore, either party may provide equipment, financial and other resources as may be mutually agreed upon and needed within the legal restriction placed by the policies of each institution.

The Texas A&M Board of Regents has also approved the creation of a graduate program that will allow the university's students to obtain master's and doctoral degrees in water management and has submitted the program to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for review and approval.

The Water Resources Institute and CDT Systems participated in a study for an alternative cost-effective technology for the desalination of brackish water in 2004. Capacitive Deionization Technology (CDTTM) was tested with funding provided by the Texas Water Development Board. This test project is continuing under the direction of the Global Petroleum Research Institute. CDT Systems has furnished additional CDT Aqua Cells and funding to the Global Petroleum Research Institute for the project. Plans are to continue the testing on an expanded application basis.

About CDT Systems
CDT Systems Inc. (www.cdtwater.com) is the manufacturing, engineering and marketing licensee for the patented carbon aerogel based Capacitive Deionization Technology (CDT), a $40 million program developed by the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Texas A&M will become the Water Test Laboratory for CDT clients' water analysis and CDT Systems' enhanced technology. For existing relationships, including LLNL and future partnerships, CDT Systems, Inc. will refer opportunities (such as Beijing Water Resources Board and the Bureau of Reclamation projects) for the university to participate as project managers.

Texas A&M and CDT Systems will use the foundation developed since October 2003 as a factor in achieving the university's goal of being the Advanced Water Technology and Support Center for Texas and North America, as well as a recognized Water Center for the World. To strengthen Texas A&M's position, CDT Systems, with the university's support, is finalizing plans to locate its initial manufacturing center in the Bryan/College Station area.

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