Language: Spanish

Webinar: Produciendo agua dulce desde agua de mar

  • 24 Nov 2020
  • 17:00 - 18:30
Latin America and the Caribbean
Online (Time set on CET; 11.00 hrs Bogota/Lima)

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. Please register through this link. 

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

Intended audience

  • Professionals in the water sector
  • Students in the field of civil engineering, environmental engineering, chemical engineering

Short bio

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 (now IHE Delft), 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. 


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