A wave-powered desalination plant

The limited availability of fresh water is estimated to be associated with 80% of diseases and 30% of all deaths in the developing world.  Sea water is readily available in many areas of the world where limited drinking water is a problem.  However the high energetic requirement for desalination means that its implementation is often restricted due to limited energy supply.  Wave-powered desalination offers an environmentally sensitive solution for areas where there is a shortage of water and sufficiently energetic waves.  QUB are collaborating with El Insituto Tecnológico de las Canarias (ITC), Gran Canaria, Spain to bring together the expertise in wave power electricity generation developed at QUB with the knowledge of desalination technology developed at ITC to identify a potential solution for wave power desalination.  For further information about this project, click here.

For further information, please contact:

Prof Trevor Whittaker
Environmental Engineering Research Centre (EERC)
School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering
Tel: +44 (0) 28 9097 4031
E-mail: t.whittaker@qub.ac.uk