MIDES Celebrates First Year of Accomplishments
Launched in April 2016, the MIDES (Microbial Desalination) project is moving towards demonstrating its unique system at sites in Chile, Spain and Tunisia. The overall goal of the EU Horizon 2020 project is to produce fresh water with far lower energy requirements than in present desalination systems. The use of electroactive bacteria powers the innovative process that can have a positive impact in water-stressed areas around the planet.
- The largest microbial desalination cell (MDC) system ever built has been erected, and equipment is being integrated for operation.
- A performance study comparing MIDES with conventional desalination and wastewater treatment technologies has been submitted – considering technical, social and economic aspects.
- Lab-scale MDC results have led to new configurations and guidelines to help scale up the pre-pilot process, resulting in a patent submission.
- Wastewater pre-digestion in anaerobic reactors indicate the technology is feasible for generation of highly enriched VFA acids effluents, in treating wastewater streams.
- Various carbon electrodes have been characterised by ex-situ methods, electrochemical single electrode testing as well as measurements in microbial desalination cells. Also, new ionic exchange membranes with antifouling and anti-scaling properties have been developed, with test confirmation pending.
- MIDES presentations and materials have been featured at 10 International conferences and 50 internal meetings.
The MIDES consortium is looking forward to a second year of hard work on its objectives, as the next general project meeting (internal) is planned for the end of May at IHE Delft. For more information and MIDES updates, keep a watch here on the website (midesh2020.eu), Twitter (@MIDES2020) and the LinkedIn discussion group (linkedin.com/groups/7062193).