Abengoa has recently signed a research partnership agreement with the Masdar Institute and the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar company).
The objective of this research project is to optimize the technology of membrane distillation for the treatment of reverse osmosis brines. The accomplishment of this objective would improve the water recovery and productivity of seawater reverse osmosis plants, while reducing the volume of brine discharge, increasing the environmental sustainability of the whole desalination process.
Within this framework, Abengoa is currently developing a seawater reverse osmosis pilot scale project located in Ghantoot city, in Abu Dhabi’s border with Dubai. This pilot plant will have a capacity of producing 1,000 m3/d of desalted water using a hybrid system consisting in reverse osmosis in combination with an innovative membrane distillation system.
This research partnership will consolidate Abengoa’s commitment to R&D with the aim to improve the performance of existing products in the water market and the development of completely new technologies that solve problems in the water market.