IDA finalises Huntington Beach desalination energy conference topics

The International Desalination Association (IDA) has finalised the speakers and topics for its new-style conference Desalination: An Energy Solution, which is being held on 2-3 November 2010 in Huntington Beach, California, the city likely to host the USA’s next large desalination plant after Carlsbad.

For this conference, IDA has assembled a group of leading scientists and engineers to describe their recent success with large-scale desalination of seawater. These practitioners have installed a multitude of seawater systems and taken advantage of new low-energy membranes and energy- recovery systems that have reduced the costs of desalting.

This in one of a number of IDA events which are designed to introduce desalination and water reuse topics to the water industry in general and also to garner public attention, as well as updating existing desalination practitioners.

Speakers and Topics for Discussion

Dr Bill Andrews – Bermuda
Isobaric Energy Recovery Technology – Economics and Potential Improvements

Leon Awerbuch – Leading Edge Technologies Ltd, USA
Thermal Opening Introduction and Water-Energy Nexus

Dr James Birkett – West Neck Strategies, USA
History and Broad Overview of Energy Concerns in Desalination

Dr Roberto Borsani – FISIA Italimpianti SpA, Italy
MSF System: Present Status and Future Direction – Advanced Energy

Dr Robert L Burk – NanoH2O, Inc, USA
Seawater Membrane Improvements

Gerard Canton – SIDEM, France
Innovations Anticipated to Further Increase Efficiency of Thermal Plants in the Future

Paul Choules – Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies, USA
Update on Large Scale Ocean Desal Plant: Gold Coast

Gary Crisp – GHD, Australia
Actual Energy Consumption and Water Cost for the SWRO Systems at Perth

Charles Desportes – Aquatech, USA
Examples of Advanced MED

Foo Hee Kiang – Commercial Contracts & Industry Relations, Singapore
Actual Cost of SWRO Using Isobaric Energy Recovery – TUAS Plant in Singapore

Dr Boris S Liberman – IDE Technologies Ltd, Israel
Present and Future: Energy Efficient Seawater Desalination

Prof John H Lienhard V – Center for Clean Water and Clean Energy, MIT, USA
Clean Water and Clean Energy

Fredi Lokiec – IDE Technologies Ltd, Israel
MED System – Present Status and Future Directions; A Case History: Reliance/Tianjin

Cesar Lopez – San Diego County Water Authority, USA
Overview – the California Picture

Claus Mertes – DME, Germany
Solar Desalination Systems – Present Status and Future Directions

Stein Erik Skilhagen – Statkraft, Norway
Osmotic Power: The Potential of Membranes to Produce Energy

Dr Rick Stover – Oasys Water Inc, USA
Energy Efficient Seawater Reverse Osmosis – State of the Art

John Tonner – Water Consultants International, USA
Energy, Efficiency – Hybrid Processes and Facility Optimization

Randy Truby – Toray Membrane USA, Inc
Membrane Opening Introduction

Nikolay Voutchkov – Water Globe Consulting, LLC, USA
Membrane Seawater Desalination – Overview and Recent Trends

Contact Candace MacLaughlin at for information or go to the IDA website.


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