Aqualia, recognised for its innovation and sustainability at the World Desalination Congress held in Sydney
- Under the motto "Charting resilient water solutions", the International Desalination Association (IDA) held its congress in Sydney, Australia, from 9 to 13 October.
- Aqualia played an important role, coordinating technical sessions, giving four oral presentations, and creating, in association with the IDA, the Innovation Forum, a space for the promotion of new solutions in the sector.
- Victor Monsalvo, head of Aqualia's Eco-efficiency Area, received the award for the best technical paper on innovation (Technical Paper R&D) at the Congress.
Under the motto "Charting resilient water solutions", the International Desalination Association (IDA) held its biennial congress in Sydney, Australia, from 9 to 13 October. With more than 300 scientific papers presented, the technical programme explored a wide range of desalination and reuse technologies, practices and experiences that are applied throughout the world.
Aqualia participated in the event as an official sponsor of the Innovation Forum, which recognises the work that universities, research centres, technology providers and emerging companies are carrying out to obtain non-conventional water resources. Aqualia's commitment to collaborative innovation and sustainability was reflected in the presentation of the MIDES project (biological desalination); Sea4value (recovery of resources and minerals) and Rewaise. These research projects were the focus of three presentations centred on sustainable desalination, with minimum energy consumption and on obtaining high added value elements from the valorisation of brine in desalination facilities operated by the company.
Víctor Monsalvo, head of Aqualia's Eco-efficiency Area and co-chairman of the IDA R&D Committee, coordinated the technical sessions. Monsalvo was also awarded the prize for the best technical presentation on innovation (Technical paper R&D) at the Congress. The award recognises the theoretical and practical interest of the Sea4value project, which is being implemented in two desalination plants managed by the company in Spain: Denia (Alicante) and Fonsalía (Santa Cruz de Tenerife).
In addition, Ignacio García, from Aqualia's Technological Transformation and Operations Area, presented a more efficient alternative in the design, construction, and operation of water treatment plants through the advantages that BIM (Building Information Modelling) methodology offers the sector.
In the current context of water stress caused by climate change, desalination is emerging as one of the sustainable alternatives for guaranteeing water supply in coastal areas. In this context, the Congress, through a solid technical programme, with ten main themes and multiple sub-themes, has analysed the different areas of desalination and water reuse, with the aim of guaranteeing sustainability in the use of water in coastal areas.
The next IDA Congress on Water and Climate Change will be held in Seville from 16 to 18 October 2023.