Last 13th,14th, and 15th of June the XIII AEDyR Congress took place in the beautiful city of Granada, in Southern Spain. AEDyR is the Spanish association of desalination and reuse and for the XIII edition of this congress the concept was ‘Looking to the future’, concurring as well with AEDyR’s 25th anniversary. The forum had the goal of reuniting several professionals and experts on desalinisation and reuse of water to present novelties and innovations within this sector.
AEDyR congress is one of the most important events within the water sector in Europe. The REWAISE project had its representation there, as some members of Aqualia (REWAISE’s coordinator) decided to attend and to present with very interesting and insightful interventions.
The first day, two technical sessions took place, focusing on water and agriculture, with interventions of Enrique Lara Corona (R&D projects director in Sevilla), and about innovation in desalination and reuse, with the presentations of Eugenio Marín Marín (chief of ecoefficiency projects of the R&D department) and Lyvia Mendes Predolin, R&D researcher.
Then, the second day, Antonio Giménez Lorang, chief of R&D projects, participated in two sessions about advances in equipment, processes and materials; and about the ULTIMATE project, one of the sister projects in CIRSEAU cluster. Alejandro José Jurado, production chief, explained some lessons learned in desalination and reuse.
During this technical session, Lyvia Mendes Predolin presented novel filter media as pretreatment of reverse osmosis systems. About this topic, she stated: “With the biomimetic membranes of reverse osmosis, a better water quality can be achieved with less energy consumption”. Her session was awarded as the most voted presentation. Congratulations, Lyvia!
These biomimetic membranes as pretreatment of reverse osmosis systems are also present in REWAISE project, specifically in the Work Package 5, to achieve some main goals for the project. This kind of events are very useful to get to know the present innovations in the water sector, share knowledge and foresee the potential novelties towards a Water-Smart Society.