DESALINATION

What is the Future for Water?

Water secures every aspect of our lives, yet 1 in 9 people lack access to this basic resource. Part of the problem is that 97% of our water is salty - undrinkable. 

The Answer: Desalination

There are more than 15,000 desalination plants in 150 countries, providing fresh water to more than 300 million people. With fresh water sources diminishing worldwide, desalination provides an infrastructure to secure our water future.

Our Industries 

This is an issue that isn't isolated to drinking water; in order to conserve dwindling freshwater resources for drinking, industries around the globe rely on desalinated water for daily operations.

An Energy Issue

Desalination plants require a substantial amount of energy. Up to 40-60% of a desalination plants' operating costs go towards energy consumption alone. This makes desalinated water expensive and contributes significantly to greenhouse gas emissions. This has proven to be a barrier to the adoption of desalination plants - a technology that is necessary for humanity's water future.

The Solution: Adaptive Desalination Technology

Pani Energy has focused on developing our patent-pending Adaptive Desalination Technology (ADT) to reduce the energy consumption of reverse osmosis desalination.  A new plant using ADT can reduce the practical minimum energy consumption of the RO process from 2 kwh/m³ up to 1.5* kwh/m³ - a dramatic reduction to (what was) the industry best.

* - 1.5 kwh/m³ is the practical minimum energy consumption. This number is based on modern membranes and turbomachinery. Various factors such as seawater intake composition and recovery can significantly affect this number, as with current RO plants.

ADT Plant Retrofits

Additionally, the proprietary process of ADT can be used by current desalination plants to  increase their efficiency and reduce energy consumption in their reverse-osmosis process. While a retrofitted plant using ADT will not be as efficient as a new ADT plant, an ADT retrofit can save a plant 10-30% of the energy from their current reverse-osmosis process - lowering their energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. ADT upgrades can be scaled to many desalination plant types and sizes ranging from production of 100-400,000 cubic meters of fresh water per day.  ADT is truly breaking the energy barrier in desalination and is a key technology for our water future.