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  • First renewable energy-powered desalination plant unveiled

    03/12/2016 6:15:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Zawya ^ | March 10, 2016
    DOHA: Monsson Group, leading company in renewable energy, yesterday announced its entry into the Qatari market with its Reverse Osmosis water desalination powered by renewable energy. The project is located in a farm owned by Ali Hussain Ali Al Sada and it is arguably the first fully automated and remotely controlled plant, with low energy consumption and without operating personnel. This new desalination plant is the answer to the rising energy demands coupled with diminishing fossil fuel reserves. It is the first of many such farms in Qatar for which Monsson will provide solutions. Using renewable energy technologies, Monsson is...
  • Are These Technologies Water Desalination Game Changers?

    03/05/2016 9:32:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Environmental Leader ^ | February 26, 2016 | Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    Increasing water scarcity is driving innovations in water production technologies, according to analysis by Frost & Sullivan that finds accelerated movement towards wastewater reuse and advanced water recycling technologies. Innovations in Water Production and Its Impact on Key Sectors finds that advancements in technologies, chemicals and processes are addressing the three most difficult challenges in water production. These are: ◾the removal of nitrogen, sulphur and phosphorus compounds in open body water sources ◾sustainable desalination ◾the removal of emerging chemical compounds from drinking water The report says the water production space as a whole is shifting toward renewable energy-based solutions to...
  • Israel brings water to feckless California

    01/11/2016 10:02:00 AM PST · by rktman · 9 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 1/11/2016 | Karin McQuillan
    California has put the green lobby elite ahead of the normal human need for water, building no new reservoirs in decades and diverting the water of the Central Valley to flow to sea in order to protect a locally endangered smelt. Now an Israeli company is coming to the rescue of San Diego County, soon to be providing 10% of their water and creating 2,500 jobs through state-of-the-art reverse-osmosis technology. IDE Technologies dedicated the largest desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere on Monday ..quenching the thirst of roughly 10 percent of San Diego County... The plant, which will be operated...
  • Can making seawater drinkable quench the world's thirst?

    10/13/2015 6:36:11 AM PDT · by moose07 · 26 replies
    BBC ^ | 13 October 2015 | By Padraig Belton
    Producing fresh drinking water from the sea - desalination - has always seemed to be the most obvious answer to water shortages.Our oceans cover more than 70% of the earth's surface and contain 97% of its water. But the energy needed to achieve this seemingly simple process has been costly. Now, thanks to new technologies, costs have been halved and huge desalination plants are opening around the world.The largest seawater desalination plant ever, Israel's Sorek plant near Tel Aviv, just ramped up to full production. It will make 624 million litres of drinkable water daily, and sell 1,000 litres -...
  • Egyptian researchers developed a cost-effective method for cleaning saltwater in just minutes

    09/09/2015 8:52:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Inhabitat ^ | 09/09/2015 | by Cat DiStasio,
    Finding ways to create clean drinking water where there is none is a field of constant innovation. Desalination, the process of filtering seawater to make it fit for human use, is perhaps the most common and researchers around the globe are on a quest to bring cost-effective and portable desalination technology to rural areas where it is desperately needed. So its exciting news that researchers at Alexandria University in Egypt have developed a promising new method that can turn salt water into fresh water in just a few minutes. The new Egyptian method relies on salt-attracting membranes and vaporizing heat...
  • Trump has delivered shock. How he can deliver awe. Novus ordo seclorum because in God we trust.

    08/19/2015 4:03:29 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 24 replies
    8/19.2015 | Charles Kilmer
    The pubbies need a grand organizing technological vision like Kennedy's man on the moon speech in 1961 or Reagan's star wars speech in 1982. Bill Gates could persuade Donald Trump in about 20 minutes that 10 years of federal spending on 4th generation nuclear reactors and desalination R&D-- or about 18 billion annually would collapse the cost of water desalination and transport thereby making it economically and commercially practical to desalinize seawater on any seacoast in the USA, Mexico and the world --and transport it 1000 miles inland to water commercially competitive crops. This would turn America's deserts green and...
  • Desalination plants key to Perth water security

    07/10/2015 5:56:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    al Jazeera ^ | July 9, 2015 | Royce Kurmelovs
    Perth, Australia - Up to a third of Perth's drinking water starts life in the Indian Ocean where it is drawn into an intake pump about 400 metres inland. It is pumped another kilometre into the sprawling, open-plan complex at the Southern Seawater Desalination Plant in Binningup, Western Australia (WA). Here, the seawater goes through a complex five-step filtering process that includes 32,872 reverse osmosis membranes and 18,080 ultra-filtration membranes. About 45 percent of the seawater entering the system gets turned into fresh drinking water that can then be piped out north towards Perth, or even as far as Kalgoorlie...
  • Thirsty Californians Tithe To High-Speed Rail [One of the worst investments ever]

    07/10/2015 12:21:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 07/10/2015 | Georgi Boorman
    California is a beautiful state, but its incompetent government has turned it into a national jokea meanwhile, in California meme seems appropriate for whatevers going on elsewhere, because odds are California is doing something even dumber, like declaring an Uber driver is an employee instead of a private contractor, making laws about your bathrooms temperature, or banning ex-gay reparative therapy. Today, during one of Californias most severe droughts in recent history, we can illustrate like so: The Los Angeles Times ran an editorial in April opposing building more desalination plants like the brand new one opening in Carlsbad, which...
  • Israel Bringing Its Years Of Desalination Experience To California

    06/17/2015 11:27:11 AM PDT · by SJackson · 28 replies
    NPR ^ | June 14, 2015 | Emily Harris
    Taking the salt out of seawater helped Israel move from the constant threat of drought to a plentiful supply of water, but Israel has learned that desalination is not the only answer. Ben-Gurion University's Institute for Water Research is deep in Israel's Negev desert and away from the sea. Prof. Jack Gilron, head of the Department of Desalination and Water Treatment, and other researchers here test concepts in desalination to see if they might hold promise for industrial development. Israel has long sought solutions to the threat of drought. Commercial desalination began in the 1970s in the city of Eilat,...
  • Artificially produced water delivers Israel from drought

    05/30/2015 7:38:27 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 31 replies
    seattletimes ^ | May 29, 2015 at 6:35 pm | Isabel Kershner
    JERUSALEM — At the peak of the drought, Shabi Zvieli, an Israeli gardener, feared for his livelihood. A hefty tax was placed on excessive household water consumption, penalizing families with lawns, swimming pools or leaky pipes. So many of Zvieli’s clients went over to synthetic grass and swapped their seasonal blooms for hardy, indigenous plants more suited to a semiarid climate.
  • Water Revolution in Israel Overcomes Any Threat of Drought

    05/29/2015 12:59:51 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 29, 2015 | ISABEL KERSHNER
    ... Today, there is plenty of water in Israel. A lighter version of an old Israel is drying up campaign has been dusted off to advertise baby diapers. The fear has gone, said Mr. Zvieli, whose customers have gone back to planting flowers. As California and other western areas of the United States grapple with an extreme drought, a revolution has taken place here. A major national effort to desalinate Mediterranean seawater and to recycle wastewater has provided the country with enough water for all its needs, even during severe droughts. More than 50 percent of the water for Israeli...
  • The worlds largest and cheapest reverse-osmosis desalination plant is up and running in Israel.

    05/10/2015 4:29:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | February 18, 2015 | David Talbot
    n a Mediterranean beach 10 miles south of Tel Aviv, Israel, a vast new industrial facility hums around the clock. It is the worlds largest modern seawater desalination plant, providing 20 percent of the water consumed by the countrys households. Built for the Israeli government by Israel Desalination Enterprises, or IDE Technologies, at a cost of around $500 million, it uses a conventional desalination technology called reverse osmosis (RO). Thanks to a series of engineering and materials advances, however, it produces clean water from the sea cheaply and at a scale never before achieved. Worldwide, some 700 million people dont...
  • Desalination plants aren't a good solution for California drought

    04/25/2015 7:34:42 AM PDT · by Mean Daddy · 81 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 25, 2015 | Michael Hiltzik
    As surely as the hot, dry Santa Ana winds bring blue skies to the coast and wildfires to the hills, severe California droughts bring calls to build desalination plants up and down the seashore. All that ocean water, begging to be converted to fresh and pumped into our pipelines, would solve our water supply problems instantly and permanently, boosters say. In the coming months, the drumbeat will only get louder. That's not only because the current drought is the longest and most severe in memory, but because a $1-billion desalination project scheduled to start operating in Carlsbad this fall will...
  • Crazy and not-so-crazy ideas for solving the California drought

    04/22/2015 11:59:33 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 34 replies
    dailyme.com ^ | April 22, 2015, 6:00 AM | Michael Casey
    Crazy and not-so-crazy ideas for solving the California drought 52 Photos The dried up lake bed of Huntington Lake which is at only 30 percent capacity as a severe drought continues to affect California. MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images California Gov. Jerry Brown has sounded the alarm over the state's historic drought, warning that it will take "unprecedented actions" to solve the crisis.That battle cry has produced a brainstorming session like no other - prompting celebrities, tech gurus, politicians and business leaders to offer a range of innovative and outlandish solutions for easing the dry stretch that is now in its fourth...
  • Competition to highlight desalination technology

    04/09/2015 9:29:19 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 32 replies
    krqe.com ^ | April 9, 2015, 4:50 pm | Cheyenne Cope
    Competition to highlight desalination technology By Cheyenne Cope Published: April 9, 2015, 6:54 am Updated: April 9, 2015, 4:50 pm   ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (KRQE) – Desalination is the process removing salt from water. The process is complicated, but the reason for it is simple. New Mexico is running out of fresh water for drinking.“Desalination is real important for this region there is very little freshwater and what little freshwater is available is usually stressed, there’s more demand than there is supply,” said Randy Shaw, facility manager of the Bureau of Reclamation Brackish Groundwater National Desalination and Research Facility.For years there has...
  • Desalination Gains Gov. Browns Support for Long-Term Drought Relief

    04/06/2015 12:57:55 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 35 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 04/06/2015 | Chriss W. Street
    With the Sierra Nevada snowpack at itslowest level since 1950, California Governor Jerry Brown announced last week that he would implement the first mandatory water reductions in state history. But Brown also called on districts to streamline permitting practices for water projects, and to invest in new water infrastructure technologies. Browns comments amount to his first vocal support for widespread desalination (or desalinization). Today we are standing on dry grass where there should be five feet of snow, Governor Brownsaid at a press eventin the Sierra Nevada mountains. This historic drought demands unprecedented action. Therefore, Im issuing an executive order...
  • Jordan and Israel agree to build $900m Red Sea-Dead Sea pipeline plus desalination plant

    04/06/2015 12:24:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Jordan and Israel signed an agreement on 26 February to go ahead with a World Bank-sponsored project to build a desalination plant in the Gulf of Aqaba and a pipeline linking the Red Sea with the Dead Sea. The plant will be built in the southern Jordanian port of Aqaba on the Red Sea and will desalinate water to be shared by Israelis and Palestinians. The brine that is a by-product of the process will be sent north in a 180km pipeline to the Dead Sea. The project will cost around $900m (584.5m, 803m). It will take nearly three years...
  • Even in 2015, the New York Times is still pretending that desalination does not exist

    04/06/2015 3:51:29 AM PDT · by grundle · 44 replies
    wordpress ^ | April 6, 2015 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Even in 2015, the New York Times is still pretending that desalination does not exist The New York Times just published this article on California’s water shortage:California Drought Tests History of Endless GrowthA punishing drought is forcing a reconsideration of whether the aspiration of untrammeled growth that has for so long been the state’s engine has run against the limits of nature.April 4, 2015LOS ANGELES — For more than a century, California has been the state where people flocked for a better life — 164,000 square miles of mountains, farmland and coastline, shimmering with ambition and...
  • Israel no longer worried about its water supply, thanks to desalination plants

    04/05/2015 11:09:11 AM PDT · by grundle · 59 replies
    McClatchy ^ | March 20, 2014 | Joel Greenberg
    Israel has gone through one of the driest winters in its history, but despite the lean rainy season, the government has suspended a longstanding campaign to conserve water.The familiar public messages during recent years of drought, often showing images of parched earth, have disappeared from television despite weeks of balmy weather with record low rainfalls in some areas. The level of the Sea of Galilee, the countrys natural water reservoir, is no longer closely tracked in news reports or the subject of anxious national discussion. The reason: Israel has in recent years achieved a quiet water revolution through desalination. With...
  • California Drought Tests History of Endless Growth [NYT pretends desalination doesn't exist]

    04/05/2015 11:05:10 AM PDT · by grundle · 24 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 4, 2015 | ADAM NAGOURNEY, JACK HEALY and NELSON D. SCHWARTZ
    A punishing drought is forcing a reconsideration of whether the aspiration of untrammeled growth that has for so long been the states engine has run against the limits of nature. ... a punishing drought and the unprecedented measures the state announced last week to compel people to reduce water consumption is forcing a reconsideration of whether the aspiration of untrammeled growth that has for so long been this states driving engine has run against the limits of nature. Can Los Angeles continue to dominate as the countrys capital of entertainment and glamour, and Silicon Valley as the center...
  • ORNL-led team demonstrates desalination with nanoporous graphene membrane

    03/25/2015 6:59:31 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 25 replies
    ornl.gov ^ | 2015 | Dawn Levy
    News   Home  |  ORNL  |  News  |  News Releases  |  2015 SHARE   Media Contact: Dawn LevyCommunications865.576.6448   ORNL-led team demonstrates desalination with nanoporous graphene membrane    Researchers created nanopores in graphene (red, and enlarged in the circle to highlight its honeycomb structure) that are stabilized with silicon atoms (yellow) and showed their porous membrane could desalinate seawater. Orange represents a non-graphene residual polymer. Image credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, US Dept. of Energy (hi-res image) OAK RIDGE, Tenn., March 25, 2015—Less than 1 percent of Earth’s water is drinkable. Removing salt and other minerals from our biggest available source of water—seawater—may help satisfy a growing...
  • California governor to propose $1B drought plan

    03/19/2015 9:39:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 19, 2015 12:23 PM EDT | Fenit Nirappil
    Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders will propose more than $1 billion in drought-relief spending for California as it heads into a fourth dry year, according to a legislative staffer who has been briefed on the package. The staffer tells The Associated Press that the vast majority of the package to be announced Thursday accelerates spending that voters have already approved for water and flood projects, including last years $7.5 billion bond measure. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the staffer is not authorized to speak to the media. The package would provide immediate aid to communities...
  • Megascale Desalination

    03/03/2015 8:27:49 AM PST · by hauerf · 56 replies
    On a Mediterranean beach 10 miles south of Tel Aviv, Israel, a vast new industrial facility hums around the clock. It is the worlds largest modern seawater desalination plant, providing 20 percent of the water consumed by the countrys households. Built for the Israeli government by Israel Desalination Enterprises, or IDE Technologies, at a cost of around $500 million, it uses a conventional desalination technology called reverse osmosis (RO). Thanks to a series of engineering and materials advances, however, it produces clean water from the sea cheaply and at a scale never before achieved ...
  • Invoking California's drought, oceanside town quickly builds long-desired desalination plant

    01/03/2015 2:35:39 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    startribune.com ^ | ELLEN KNICKMEYER
    The plant is expected to go online early this month after being finished in just six months, unusually fast in California. Projects of this sort typically take years, and often decades, of environmental reviews, public hearings and lawsuits. Dozens of other cities and towns over the years have considered desalination plants as the way out of water shortages. Critics, however, say the technology is expensive, energy intensive and produces huge amounts of brine waste that damages the environment. California has 11 other desalination plants, and another 16 proposed. Citing Brown's drought declaration, San Luis Obispo County and local Cambria officials...
  • California: Desalination Plants May Be States Only Solution Despite Environmental, Energy Concerns

    08/02/2014 9:28:49 AM PDT · by grundle · 52 replies
    International Business Times ^ | July 27, 2014 | Angelo Young
    Full title: California Sand Fire: Desalination Plants May Be States Only Solution Despite Environmental, Energy Concerns One of the solutions could be something parts of the Middle East began adopting decades ago: desalination plants, an energy-intensive process of converting seawater into drinking water. Meeting Californias water needs might not help combat the effect of global warming, but an ample supply of water would at least help keep back the dry conditions from around residential communities, and it would help the states massive agricultural industry meet its own water needs. Currently California is building the largest desalination plant in the Western...
  • Israel solves water woes with desalination

    05/31/2014 9:25:52 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 60 replies
    omaha.com ^ | Friday, May 30, 2014 12:33 am | Updated: 11:46 pm, Fri May 30, 2014.
    Israel solves water woes with desalination   Previous Next Dan BaliltyIn this Sunday, May 4, 2014 photo, workers climb stairs at the Sorek desalination plant in Rishon Letzion, Israel. Israel's aggressive desalination program that has transformed this perennially parched country into perhaps the most well-hydrated country in the region. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)  Posted: Friday, May 30, 2014 12:33 am | Updated: 11:46 pm, Fri May 30, 2014. Associated Press | SOREK, Israel (AP) — After experiencing its driest winter on record, Israel is responding as never before — by doing nothing.While previous droughts have been accompanied by impassioned public service...
  • North Texas city awaits word on wastewater re-use

    04/14/2014 12:18:05 PM PDT · by topher · 59 replies
    My SanAntonio.com ^ | 13-April-2014 | AP - By BETSY BLANEY
    UBBOCK, Texas (AP) Wichita Falls is so far behind on rainfall that city leaders are asking state regulators for permission to use treated toilet flushes as drinking water.
  • An Unconventional Desalination Technology Could Solve California's Water Shortage

    03/12/2014 8:25:27 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 85 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/12/2014 | By Dina Spector
    An Unconventional Desalination Technology Could Solve California's Water Shortage By Dina Spector 11 hours ago   View photo. WaterFXA parabolic trough collects energy from the sun. The heat is used to evaporate clean water from the salty agricultural drainage water of irrigated crops.This year, farmers in California's Central Valley likely won't receive any water through the federal irrigation program, a network of reservoirs, rivers, and canals that is normally replenished yearly by ice melt from the Sierra mountains.Crippling water shortages have made desalination technology more attractive, including a startup, WaterFX, that uses the sun to produce heat. The heat separates salt...
  • Ability To Obtain Clean Drinking Water From Salt Water A Near Reality, Says UCLA Professor

    02/03/2014 6:36:24 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 76 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | February 3, 2014 5:31 PM
    SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com) In light of Californias escalating drought emergency, the onetime dream of President John F. Kennedy of obtaining fresh water from salt water may become a reality in the very near future. The process of getting usable fresh water from salt water, called desalination, stems from a technology that is already accepted worldwide, according to UCLA Professor of Chemistry and Bio-Molecular Engineering, Youram Cohen. Its a technology that is now in widespread use all around the world, and I think that, in time, this is what we will see, Cohen said. UCLA has reportedly developed a number...
  • Facing drought, California will not allot water to farmers, cities

    02/01/2014 4:01:08 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 48 replies
    CBS News ^ | 1-31-14
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Amid severe drought conditions, California officials announced Friday that they would not send any water from the state's vast reservoir system to local agencies beginning this spring, an unprecedented move that affects drinking water supplies for 25 million people and irrigation for 1 million acres of farmland. The announcement marks the first time in the 54-year history of the State Water Project that such an action has been taken, but it does not mean that every farm field will turn to dust and every city tap will run dry. The 29 agencies that draw from the state's...
  • State Will No Longer Send Water Down From Northern Calif.

    02/01/2014 12:58:53 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 49 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | February 1, 2014 7:14 AM
    Drought conditions are getting worse by the day in California and experts say the average resident is going to see the changes. In the latest move by officials, the State Water Project announced Friday that it wont send any more water down from Northern California, something that hasnt been done in more than five decades. The news comes in the middle of one of Californias driest winters on record and after two dry years that have depleted reservoirs. Officials say the Water Projects decision to hold back supply is necessary to save water in the state. Gov. Jerry Brown declared...
  • Over and drought: Why the end of Israel's water shortage is a secret

    02/01/2014 3:16:43 PM PST · by ckilmer · 16 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Jan. 24, 2014 | Yuval Elizur
    Remember all the years of being told to conserve 'every drop?' Well, times have changed: Today, Israel has so much affordable water, it can offer to export it. So why is this achievement being kept so secret?
  • Why has California chosen water shortages over desalination?

    02/01/2014 10:18:17 AM PST · by grundle · 70 replies
    wordpress ^ | February 1, 2014 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Why has California chosen water shortages over desalination? Israel has made the choice to turn its water shortages into surpluses by building lots of desalination plants. Desalination costs less than 40 cents per cubic meter, which is less than 1/6 penny per gallon. It’s so cheap that in addition to using desalinized water for residential uses, Israel also uses it for agriculture.Meanwhile, California has chosen to have water shortages instead of building enough desalination plants.Why did California make this choice?
  • Over and drought: Why the end of Israel's water shortage is a secret [desalination creates surplus]

    02/01/2014 9:46:38 AM PST · by grundle · 43 replies
    haaretz.com ^ | January 24, 2014 | Yuval Elizur
    Remember all the years of being told to conserve 'every drop?' Well, times have changed: Today, Israel has so much affordable water, it can offer to export it. So why is this achievement being kept so secret? In ancient times and even during the years of the British Mandate (1917-1948), the shortage of water in Palestine, as well as among its neighbors in the Middle East, had a decisive influence not only on the areas economic development, but also on the political strife between Jews and Arabs. Technology has changed all this. Now, the ability to produce all the water...
  • 17 California communities running out of water

    01/29/2014 3:28:30 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 82 replies
    SAN JOSE, Calif. Seventeen rural communities in drought-stricken California are in danger of running out of water within four months, according to a list compiled by state officials. Wells are running dry or reservoirs are nearly empty in some communities. Others have long-running problems that predate the drought.
  • Bill Gates nuclear company explores molten salt reactors, thorium

    07/24/2013 9:21:40 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 32 replies
    Weinberg Foundation ^ | July 23rd, 2013 | Mark Halper
    Bill Gates nuclear company explores molten salt reactors, thorium July 23rd, 2013 Posted by Mark Halper Bill Gates TED Jurvetson Flickr Opening the nuclear Gates. TerraPower, Bill Gates nuclear company, is now open to reactor types other than its traveling wave design. The traveling wave remains the companys focus, although Terra has morphed it into more of a standing wave. TerraPower, the Bill Gates-chaired nuclear company that is developing a fast reactor, is now investigating alternative reactor technologies, including thorium fuel and molten salt reactors. While the companys big bet continues to be on a fast reactor that TerraPower calls...
  • CA desalination building project underway, to create 50 million gallons of drinking water per day

    07/08/2013 10:35:35 PM PDT · by grundle · 16 replies
    waterworld.com ^ | June 14, 2013
    HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA -- Poseidon Resources' application for a Coastal Development Permit of a proposed seawater desalination plant in Huntington Beach, Calif., is complete, determined by California Coastal Commission staff. The Huntington Beach Desalination Project would create 50 million gallons of drinking water per day, and construction is also underway in Carlsbad for a similar Poseidon desalination project. The Coastal Commission hearing on the Coastal Development Permit will be in October or November, Commission staff told Poseidon officials. The CDP is the last permit required for construction of the privately funded project. "Poseidon appreciates Commission staff's extensive due diligence in...
  • Desalination could solve our water problems

    07/08/2013 9:57:08 PM PDT · by grundle · 14 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | July 4, 2013 | JULIO FUENTES
    Viable water sources are essential for our economy and environment to flourish. Florida is surrounded by seawater, but we have an extremely limited supply of drinkable groundwater, which is being utilized at an unsustainable rate. Local officials and city managers across the state are beginning to consider and plan for alternative drought-proof options to supply Floridas growing demand for freshwater. As an organization that champions economic development and the vast network of Hispanic-owned businesses in our state, the Florida Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce supports finding solutions to Floridas water issues that will benefit our state as a whole. Seawater...
  • Water surplus in Israel? With desalination, once unthinkable is possible

    07/05/2013 5:34:15 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 34 replies
    JTA ^ | May 28, 2013 | Ben Sales
    Drawn from deep in the Mediterranean Sea, the water has flowed through pipelines reaching almost 4,000 feet off of Israel's coast and, once in Israeli soil, buried almost 50 feet underground. Now, it rushes down a tube sending it through a series of filters and purifiers. After 90 minutes, it will be ready to run through the faucets of Tel Aviv. Set to begin operating as soon as next month, Israel Desalination Enterprises Technologies' Sorek Desalination Plant will provide up to 26,000 cubic meters -- or nearly 7 million gallons -- of potable water to Israelis every hour. When it's...
  • Flow electrodes may enable large-scale sea water desalination

    03/28/2013 12:13:11 AM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 27 March 2013 | Jennifer Newton
    Across the world, millions of people cannot access fresh, clean water. With global populations rising and freshwater supplies regularly becoming overdrawn or contaminated, the ability to purify sea water is becoming increasingly important.Now, scientists from South Korea have modified a water treatment method called capacitive deionisation, with the aim of desalinising sea water on a large scale. Capacitive deionisation uses an electric field to remove cations and anions from water flowing past two oppositely placed electrodes. The team, led by Moon Hee-Han from Chungnam National University and Dong Kook-Kim from the Korea Institute of Energy Research, have developed flow electrodes...
  • NTU scientist develops a multi-purpose wonder material to tackle environmental challenges

    03/25/2013 3:27:53 PM PDT · by Kevmo · 26 replies
    NTU ^ | Published on: 20-Mar-2013 | Lester Kok
    NTU scientist develops a multi-purpose wonder material to tackle environmental challenges Published on: 20-Mar-2013 A new wonder material that can generate hydrogen, produce clean water and even create energy. Science fiction? Hardly, and theres more - It can also desalinate water, be used as flexible water filtration membranes, help recover energy from desalination waste brine, be made into flexible solar cells and can also double the lifespan of lithium ion batteries. With its superior bacteria-killing capabilities, it can also be used to develop a new type of antibacterial bandage. Scientists at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), led by Associate Professor...
  • Huge California desalination plant faces key test

    11/29/2012 3:36:39 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 6 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | November 29, 2012 | ELLIOT SPAGAT | Associated Press
    <p>SAN DIEGO (AP) An effort to build the Western Hemisphere's largest seawater desalination plant faced a key test Thursday, as San Diego's regional water agency considered whether to buy all its output despite criticism that cheaper alternatives could be overlooked.</p>
  • How Bill Gates Or You Can Spark the Next Industrial and Agricultural Revolution

    06/29/2012 1:07:11 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 6 replies
    Amazon ^ | June 2012 | Charles Kilmer
    The most revolutionary innovation needed in the next 10 years is the thorium portable nuclear reactor. Why? Because Bill Gates says repeatedly that the most important thing we need is a non polluting source of energy thats 1/4 the cost of the coal energy. Why? Cheaper energy will lead to the next industrial and agricultural revolution. Everyone from the very poorest to the very richest will benefit. Government coffers will be refilled. Mr Gates believes nuclear energy will do this. Which nuclear design? Thorium fits the bill. Especially the liquid fluoride thorium reactor designs. Why? Besides producing electricity for ...
  • Wires turn salt water into freshwater

    06/10/2012 10:10:32 PM PDT · by Kevmo · 46 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | June 8, 2012 | Lisa Zyga
    June 8, 2012 by Lisa Zyga (Phys.org) -- As a rising global population and increasing standard of living drive demand for freshwater, many researchers are developing new techniques to desalinate salt water. Among them is a team of scientists from The Netherlands, who have shown how to transform brackish (moderately salty) water into potable freshwater using just a pair of wires and a small voltage that can be generated by a small solar cell. The simple technique has the potential to be more energy-efficient than other techniques because of the minimal amount of mixing between the treated and untreated...
  • Poseidon adventure: $350 million public subsidy for private desalination plant

    11/13/2009 12:55:44 PM PST · by TheDon · 11 replies · 503+ views
    The Orange County Register ^ | November 13th, 2009 | Teri Sforza
    The mighty Metropolitan Water District of Southern California agreed this week to pony up $14 million per year - or $350 million over the next 25 years, if you prefer to think of it that way - to pay for desalinated water in San Diego County. That money will go to public entities - cities and water districts - to offset the cost of water theyll buy from a private, yet-to-be-built, desalination plant in Carlsbad. That plant will be constructed and owned by Poseidon Resources LLC. If this Poseidon thing rings a bell, its not just becuase you remember Shelley...
  • Jordan to refill shrinking Dead Sea with salt water

    10/10/2009 10:37:33 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 44 replies · 2,338+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/10/2009 | Richard Spencer in Amman
    Environmentalists concerned about the threat to its unique eco-system. Water levels in the lowest and saltiest body of water on the planet are falling by more than four feet a year, giving rise to quips that the Dead Sea is dying. The government in Amman has said it is planning to extract more than 10 billion cubic feet a year from the Red Sea 110 miles to the south, feed most of it into a desalination plant to create drinking water, and send the salty waste-water left over to the Dead Sea by tunnel. Similar plans are already the subject...
  • CARLSBAD: Desalination plant gets water board approval [SoCal]

    06/28/2009 7:42:18 AM PDT · by TheDon · 15 replies · 821+ views
    The North County Times ^ | May 13, 2009 | BRADLEY J. FIKES
    A landmark desalination project gained final approval from regulators Wednesday, bringing the promise of an entirely new supply of water to San Diego County ---- and perhaps one of many in water-short California. But opposition to the plant, including legal action, continues. And the company that wants to build the $300 million plant in coastal Carlsbad still needs to raise the money. On Wednesday, the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control board unanimously approved a permit for the plant. It had already considered the proposal twice this year. The permit approves a plan by Poseidon Resources Corp. to reduce the...
  • Schwarzenegger seeks aid for California drought zone

    06/19/2009 7:07:54 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies · 1,551+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 6/19/09 | AFP
    LOS ANGELES (AFP) California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has asked President Barack Obama to declare a federal disaster in the drought-stricken heart of the state's agricultural industry. As well as requesting federal support for parched Fresno County, Schwarzenegger also issued a local order allowing for emergency state funds to be made available to the region, part of California's Central Valley. "California's Central Valley is our nation's agricultural engine and unemployment here is devastating the economy and hurting the people of California," said Schwarzenegger. "These are dire circumstances -- no water means no work -- and no work means people cannot...
  • You Need Water to Make Power. You Need Energy to Make Clean Water

    04/02/2009 11:42:28 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 6 replies · 457+ views
    AboutAbout Categories Algae to Oilmembrane research LLNL Research MSSCpipelinesturning saltwater in fireUncategorizedWater Desalination Research and Development Archives April 2009February 2009January 2009December 2008November 2008October 2008September 2008August 2008July 2008June 2008April 2008February 2008January 2008December 2007November 2007October 2007September 2007August 2007July 2007June 2007May 2007April 2007March 2007February 2007January 2007December 2006November 2006October 2006September 2006August 2006July 2006June 2006 Meta Log inRSSComments RSSValid XHTMLXFNWP US bill seeks major desalination research expansion 02nd April 2009 Before I get started let me show you some serious eye candy I found this past month. The noise to signal ratio for the last couple of years on global warming is running about...
  • Salazar & Chu Recommendations for Energy & Water.

    12/17/2008 9:02:45 PM PST · by ckilmer · 285+ views
    Water Desalination R&D | 12/17/08 | Charles
    Sen. Ken Salazar DOI Steven ChuDOE In my last post, I mentioned a number of popular ideas to advance alternative energy development. But I didnt attribute them because nothing had been written of incoming administration officials as yet. A couple of days later several major newspapers mentioned ideas of incoming administration officials which included ideas I talked about. So I inserted these in my last post. If you went to my last post early check back. (Just skim down and check the writing in block quotes.) This weeks post includes a piece from the Wall St Journal which mentions another...