Siemens has entered the next phase of a project to bring its low-energy seawater desalination technology to market.
The company completed the research and development phase, and the technology is now ready for full-scale testing, the company said July 4.
Siemens began the R&D initiative in Oct. 2008 when it built a demonstration plant in Singapore to bring seawater to drinking water quality. Seawater is becoming increasingly important in replenishing the drinking-water supply in Singapore, Siemens says. But to desalinate it for potable use is an extremely energy-intensive process.
The results, which were presented at Singapore International Water Week, show the new process reduces desalting energy by more than 50%.
Siemens expects to implement a full-scale system by 2013 in cooperation with Singapore’s national water agency.
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