The Netherlands and Spain , 17 May 2021

New Book: Microbial Desalination Cells for Low Energy Drinking Water

Sergio Salinas, Maria Kennedy, Ángeles Mendoza and Sonam Jamtsho from IHE Delft together with partners from Aqualia, Imdea Water, and Leitat have published the book 'Microbial Desalination Cells for Low Energy Drinking Water' (IWA Publishing, London). The book presents the information generated throughout the EU funded MIDES project and includes the latest developments related to desalination of sea water and brackish water by applying microbial desalination cells.

Book access

Throughout the book, Microbial Desalination Cells for Low Energy Drinking Water, the theoretical and experimental research will be outlined. 

The electronic version of the book (PDF format) is open access under the CC BY OA license. Link to download

The paperback copy of the book can be ordered from IWA Publishing.

If you would like to read more about the MIDES Project and the latest developments in the area of desalination of sea water and brackish water, please see below. 

The MIDES Project

The world´s largest demonstrator of a revolutionary energy system in desalination for drinking water production is in operation. MIDES uses Microbial Desalination Cells in a pre-treatment step for reverse osmosis, for simultaneous saline stream desalination and wastewater treatment.

Microbial Desalination Cells (MDCs) are based on bio-electro-chemical technology, in which biological wastewater treatment can be coupled to the desalination of a saline stream using ion exchange membranes without external energy input. MDCs simultaneously treat wastewater and perform desalination using the energy contained in the wastewater. 

An exhaustive scaling-up process was carried out in which all MIDES partners worked together on nanostructured electrodes, antifouling membranes, electrochemical reactor design and optimization, pre-treatment, life cycle assessment, microbial electrochemistry and physiology expertise, and process engineering and control. 

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