Participating from Spain, and more specifically the Canary Islands, are: ITC, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC), Universidad de La Laguna (ULL), Consorcio para el diseño, construcción, equipamiento y explotación de la Plataforma Oceánica de Canarias (PLOCAN) and the Agencia Canaria de Investigación, Innovación y Sociedad de la Información (ACIISI). Participating from Portugal are the Agência Regional da Energia e Ambiente da Região autónoma da Madeira (AREAM) and the Atlantic International Research Centre (AIRCENTRE) from the Azores.
The project also features the participation of 3 universities from third countries: the Universidad Assane Seck de Ziguinchor (UASZ) from Senegal; the Universidade publica de Cabo Verde (UNICV) from Cape Verde and the Universidad de Nouakchott Al-Aasriya (UNA) from Mauritania.
Structure: objectives and activities
E5DES is structured in 3 specific objectives and 8 activities, all aimed at achieving ongoing improvement of technological and scientific capacities in desalination, as well as enhancing external visibility, providing support for entrepreneurial ideas (startups) and developing innovative solutions within the strategic and priority research lines for the Macaronesia region.
SPECIFIC OBJECTIVE 1: To generate innovative solutions aimed at improving the quality of desalinated water, brine discharges, implementing intelligent control of desalination plants and direct use of renewable energies.
SPECIFIC OBJECTIVE 2: To generate knowledge of excellence in the area of energy efficiency, emerging technologies and the circular economy associated with desalination-blue economy, with applicability in the Macaronesia region.
SPECIFIC OBJECTIVE 3: To capitalise on the R&D&i carried out in order to acquire greater international visibility and recognition, and to reinforce the DESAL+ LIVING LAB Platform throughprojects for the testing, verification and innovation of technology in the field of desalination and the blue economy, with emphasis on entrepreneurs, SMEs and research centres.
Dr. Baltasar Peñate Suárez
Head of Water Department at Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias, S.A. (ITC). Coordinator of the E5DES Project and the DESAL+ LIVING LAB platform.
Vanessa Millán Gabet
Water Department Project Technician at Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias, S.A. (ITC).
Publicado en: FuturENVIRO Nº 67 Febrero 2020