RS organized a seminar on “Next Generation Brine Desalination” Project PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 May 2018 10:13

The Research Sector at Kuwait University organized a scientific seminar on “Electrodialysis Systems for Desalination” to discuss “Next Generation Brine Desalination and Management for Efficiency, Reliability, and Sustainability” project. The key speakers were Dr. Bader Al-anzi, Head of Environmental Technology Department at the Faculty of Life Sciences, and Dr. Patrick Altmeier, PCCell GmbH, Germany.


Dr. Al-anzi said that this study is a part of highly saline water management using novel methods, which is discussed in the major project titled “Next Generation Brine Desalination and Management for Efficiency, Reliability, and Sustainability”, accomplished in collaboration with the prestigious MIT, United States, and funded by KFAS.


Dr Al-Anzi explained that the seminar focused on the use of electrolysis in order to address and minimize the environmental impact of the continuous discharge of high salinity brines from desalination plants into our territorial waters. He further emphasized that these environmental impacts are a result of salt pollution, thermal pollution and residues of chemicals added to enhance the distillates efficiency. In addition, the nature of our coastal line does not help mitigate these impacts, given its shallowness and distant location from the Strait of Hormuz, the only source of clean water coming from the Indian Ocean, not to mention the increasingly low water flow from Shatt al-Arab.


Dr. Al-Anzi said that the study is based on desalination of brine flowing from desalination plants by using two kinds of water. The first kind is highly saline water that can be transformed into salt, while the second kind is low saline water that can be discharged into seawater or used for other purposes.


At the end of the seminar, Dr. Al-Anzi thanked KFAS for their generous funding of the project.

 

 

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