A research centre in Tarragona, Spain, designed to accelerate commercialization of membrane-
based water technologies, particularly for desalination, was opened by Dow Water & Process
Solutions (DWPS) on 9 June 2011.
Dow's Ian Barbour (left) with guests at the centre's opening ceremony.
The Global Water Technology Development Center was funded through a
US$ 15 million Dow investment, along with grant subsidies from Spain's Ministry of
Science & Innovation for research programs in the water sector, which is in line with the Spanish
government's commitment to research and development in the field of sustainable water
Initial research efforts will be directed to areas such as:
"This center represents a significant investment for Dow. It's a one-of-a-kind facility staffed
with leading industry experts to meet one of the world's most pressing needs - clean water," said
Ian Barbour, general manager, DWPS. "The central location is ideal to support our customers in
the region and gives us access to the wide variety of water sources, including waste water and
seawater, to support product development and performance testing in real world conditions."