Research and innovation for excellence in technological efficiency, use of renewable energies, emerging technologies and circular economy in desalination – E5DES Project

This new project has a budget of €1.8 M and is co-funded by the ERDF within the framework of the MAC 2014-2020 Programme (MAC2/1.1a/309). The project consortium includes 10 research centres from the Canary Islands, Madeira, the Azores, Cape Verde, Mauritania and Senegal. The project will run for 36 months (November 2019 – October 2022) and is coordinated by Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias (ITC). The general objective of E5DES is to intensify and reinforce the R&D&i work being carried out in the Macaronesia region in the areas of desalination and the water-energy nexus. These actions will be carried out in a coordinated manner within the DESAL+ LIVING LAB Platform, with the focus on the dissemination of knowledge, the search for new products and the provision of responses to the problems and challenges identified in the operation of desalination plants and the supply of desalinated water.

Project partners

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