The mantra that desalination is too energy intensive to be widely adopted has been trotted out so often that it has become self-perpetuating. The reality is different. The rate of innovation is increasing, as evidenced by the number of desalination patents in 2010 were double the amount filed in 2005. The increasing size of the market is attracting more entrants, and is increasing competition and competitive pressure.
Desalination is ready to go mainstream. Desalination energy inputs have been drastically reduced—by over 50% in the past decade.
The Desalination Showcase features three alternative and very different approaches to desalination: carbon nanotubes, biomimetic aquaporin membranes, and radial deionization.
Porifera Inc. will talk about their breakthrough forward osmosis membrane and the various applications that the membrane will have for dewatering, water treatment, and ultimately for desalination.
Aquaporin DV will outline how aquaporin proteins are used to produce a biomimetic membranes with the AquaporinInside(™) membrane.
Atlantis Technologies, a short-listed company in the ImagineH2O Competition, will describe their innovative approach to capacitive deionization and radial deionization (RDI) using supercapacitors.
As the desalination market continues to grow, this will attract more entrants and increase competition. This will in turn lead to competitive pressure where technological advantage, particularly in lowering whole of life costs, will be increasingly important in retaining and achieving market share. This session will explore innovation in the desalination space.