MIDES team dives into progress at Athens conference
The first pilot site is only months away! Members of the MIDES consortium came together for the project 30-month general assembly on 6 – 7 Sept. in Athens to discuss progress and further pilot preparations. The project meeting was in parallel to the European Desalination Society Conference, Desalination for the Environment: Clean Water and Energy.
As the first pilot demonstration site nears its opening in 2019 in Denia, Spain, work is intensifying in scaling up the technology from pre-pilot stage. MIDES project experts from 8 different countries exchanged work package results and ideas ideas working toward the demonstration, in this closed meeting which takes place at a different location every 6 months.
“There’s been a lot of hard work by our partners to make innovative ideas into a reality, and that has helped carry us to this point. We are looking forward to producing fresh water at pilot-scale in real conditions in Spain, and I think people from various corners of the water sector will see the potential applications of this technology,” said Maria Kennedy of IHE Delft, who is also the President of the European Desalination Society (EDS).
During the EDS conference, MIDES was featured as part of the European Union Pavilion for conference participants to interact with project partners. In addition, MIDES was presented in a 1.5 hour session of the EDS conference on 5 Sept. The session, Microbial desalination (MIDES) cells: an innovative solution for low energy drinking water production, was presented in four parts by partners from different consortium organizations. A discussion followed in which attendees voiced their questions and views on the project.
In photo: Juan Manuel Ortiz with IMDEA Water, answering questions from representatives of BASF at the conference.