We are pleased to announce the eight Desal Prize Semi-Finalist nominees! The Securing Water for Food Team congratulates this global group of innovators that are helping to develop cost-effective, energy efficient, and environmentally sustainable small-scale desalination technologies. These technologies will provide potable water for humans and water appropriate for agriculture in developing countries. These teams will spend the next few months designing, building and optimizing their prototypes for testing in spring 2015 in New Mexico that will determine which innovations will move on to the finalist stage in the fall 2015 in Jordan.
The Desal Prize is the second “call” under the Securing Water for Food Grand Challenge for Development. While water desalination technologies currently exist, few are suitable for use in rural or remote settings-that’s why the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of The Netherlands (MFA-NL) launched the Desal Prize. The Desal Prize also benefits from a partnership with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation who are providing the Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility as well as technical guidance.
Green Desal (Asian Institute of Technology and Management, National Center for Agricultural Research and Extension, State University of Ponta Grossa, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, University of North Texas)
Autonomous Sustainable Brackish Desalination System for Smallholder Farming Households
Brazil, Israel, Jordan, Nepal, USA
Atlantis Technologies (Atlantis Technologies)
“Radial Deionization” Advanced Capacitive Deionization Technology Powered by Solar/Battery System
Econopure (EconoPure Water Systems)
Brackish Water Processing System Based on Membrane Purification and Brine Evaporation
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Global Engineering and Research Laboratory (MIT, Jain Irrigation Systems)
Photovoltaic-Powered Electrodialysis System for Small-Scale Irrigation
Porifera (Porifera Inc.)
Hybrid Forward Osmosis and Reverse Osmosis Process That Reduces Energy Consumption While Minimizing Costs and Maintenance
Practical Solar (Visual Data Systems)
Combination of Nanofiltration and Capacitive Electro-Deionization to Provide Water for Potable Use and Agriculture
Suns River UTEP (KII Inc.)
Mid-Sized, Solar Powered Multi-Stage Flash Desalination with Zero Liquid Discharge
UTEP Center for Inland Desalination Systems (University of Texas at El Paso)
Hybrid Process Utilizing Nanofiltration and Electrodialysis Metathesis to Desalinate Brackish Water with High Recovery and Will Be Powered by Solar Photovoltaic Cells
Congratulations again to the semifinalist nominees!