Desalination and Water Purification

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“As energy demand grows in lockstep with population, these technologies must be more energy-efficient than current technologies; must be flexible enough to remove contaminants that might be subject to regulation in the future; and they must be cheaper to build and operate than current technology.” - Desalination and Water Purification Technology Roadmap 2003.

Research and Development

Near term objectives for R&D are to accelerate improvements to existing technologies. Longer term objectives are intentionally designed to be difficult to meet in order to obtain revolutionary next generation technologies by 2020. The roadmap teams identified these high priority R&D activities:

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