MIDES innovation highlighted at IDA Congress Sao Paulo
Representatives of MIDES partner organizations Aqualia and IHE Delft attended the IDA World Congress 2017 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to present the project and network with the industry stakeholders. More than 800 attendees came from around the world on 15 – 19 Oct. for this Congress that is held every two years.
In a technical sessoin, Victor Monsalvo of Aqualia (above in photo) presented the MIDES project as a potential solution in a desalination sector that needs more innovation. “Breakthrough technologies are required to revolutionize the desalination market, which is currently viewed as one of the last options for new water resources, said Victor, “and MIDES changes this opportunity with very low energy consumption.”
In a plenary session, panelists discussed alternative energy sources in desalination, including the potential for energy recovery from waste water. Gathering energy through bio-electrochemical processes in MIDES is already a step into the future for the project and the desalination industry. Victor from Aqualia summed up the vision by stating that quite simply, “waste water is bioenergy.”
In the Congress exhibition hall, IHE Delft representatives introduced the project to participants from commercial enterprises and other organizations. In addition, desalination research papers were presented in technical sessions by Nirajan Dhakal, Maria Kennedy and Sergio Salinas of IHE Delft.