Sweet H2(O)

Although desalination technology has been globally adopted, some challenges remain to make this way of fresh water production more sustainable and scale it up further. This project looks for innovative solutions for the high energy consumption and discharge of concentrated saline streams.
Apr 2019 - Jan 2020
DBC project

The Sweet H2(O) project reviews the feasibility of an integrated seawater desalination concept by optimising the water-energy-hydrogen coupling and identifying alternative valorisation opportunities for saline streams.

If the study finds a feasible desalination concept, the next step will be to work towards a pilot desalination installation near the Belgian coast. In this phase, companies from other sectors (chemical companies, agriculture, etc.) will also be involved to further build knowledge on the optimisation and integration process. 

In addition, the concept can be transferred to offshore applications, by linking it to the peak surplus of wind farms or integration with multifunctional offshore platforms. The valorisation route of saline streams also offers opportunities for innovation in the aquaculture and chemical sector.

Partners: De Watergroep, Pollet Water Group, Xant, Blue Power Synergy, Ghent University and Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO)

With the support of: VLAIO (Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship)

Contact: Stefaan Mensaert

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