One of the prime concerns of research is to develop the best planning, design and operation strategies for the production of fresh water from seawater.
The most recent desalination systems installed use filters that retain impurities and salts. Improving this so-called reverse osmosis membrane process mainly involves managing clogging phenomena.
Improve treatment efficiency
Our research also focuses on improving the quantity of fresh water produced as a ratio of the raw water pumped from the environment, with a view to achieving conversion rates of 70 to 80% instead of the current 40 to 50%. We also need to reduce by 30 to 50% the energy consumed by the plants we design. The treatment cost for seawater is currently two to three times that for surface water.