IHE Delft Alumni & Partners Online Seminar by Dr. Sergio Salinas

Turning sea water into fresh water

  • 16 Jul 2020
  • 12:45 - 13:45
Delft, The Netherlands (CET time zone)

IHE Delft Alumni & Partners Online Seminars are designed as a means of providing lifelong learning to the Institute Alumni community and Partners. Since the topics will be of interest to a broader audience, they are open to all interested persons. The Online Seminars are like interactive lectures transmitted over the web, with a duration of one hour including time for discussion. The seminar is organized in collaboration with the WaterChannel, IHE Delft partner.

Purpose and background

Although our planet has sufficient fresh water to achieve a regular and clean water supply for all, poor economics and infrastructure can skew supply unfavourably. Desalination as a method to provide clean drinking water has become vital – particularly in a context where drought, water scarcity and rapid quality decrease of water bodies have become an undeniable reality.

This webinar is a very first introduction to the field of desalination, which engineering professionals and students may use as a stepping stone in furthering their education in this topic. It discusses the drivers for desalination, the current desalination trends worldwide, the energy consumption and costs.

Learning outcomes

  • Gain a knowledge base of what desalination entails
  • Understand the main drivers for desalination
  • Have an overview of the current world and regional desalination capacities
  • Webinar outline

  • Why do we need desalination?
  • Desalination technologies: Distillation and Reverse osmosis
  • Desalination trends worldwide
  • Set-up of a desalination plant
  • Energy consumption and costs
  • IHE Delft in the field of desalination


Dr. Sergio Salinas is a desalination and water treatment technology professional and university lecturer, with experience in Latin America, Middle East, and Europe.

Sergio has a PhD in Desalination and Water Treatment from the Technical University of Delft, an MSc in Water Supply Engineering from UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, a Master’s in Irrigation and Drainage and a BSc in Civil Engineering from San Simon Major University. He also obtained the University Teaching Qualification in the Netherlands.

He has over 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, and conference proceedings in the areas of seawater and brackish water desalination, water treatment, water reuse, and natural organic matter characterization.


The events are free of charge. Please register to participate using the following link, that will help us to send you information after the course if necessary.

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