Investigating renewable energy for powering desalination

August 19, 2010

A new project to investigate whether renewable energy can be used to power desalination has received funding from Australia’s National Centre of Excellence in Desalination (NCED).

Murdoch University’s Professor Parisa Arabzadeh Bahri will be working with Dr Laurence Mann from Carnegie Wave Energy to evaluate common desalination technologies and see how they can be adapted to use renewable energy sources, such as CETO wave energy technology.

Named after a Greek sea goddess, CETO offers the potential to revolutionise power and water production globally – it harnesses the enormous renewable energy present in the ocean's waves and converts it into zero-emission electricity and zero-emission desalinated water.

“Our project will bring together a mix of academic expertise through Murdoch University and water industry specialists like Carnegie Wave Energy and Energy Recovery Inc,” Professor Arabzadeh Bahri said.

“We will evaluate the integration of CETO technology for producing emission-free desalinated freshwater.

“If adaptation is not possible, we will look into less-developed desalination technologies that would be more suitable.”

Located at Murdoch University's Rockingham campus, the NCED has been established to provide research and development of desalination technologies and solutions to address Australia's water needs.

The project was one of 12 to receive funding from the NCED, announced at the Centre's opening on 23 July 2010.

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