End Conference CapWa
On Thursday August 29th the CapWa End Conference took place in The Hague and the achievements of the partners were presented to the outside world. Within the project several different membrane types were developed and some were upscaled to industrial production capability. These industrial membranes were manufactured in a module and tested in real flue gas conditions. The pilot tests succeeded in the production of high quality water with similar production rates as expected from previous lab findings. Especially for the paper industry it was shown that a considerable energy saving can be achieved. According to Mr. Arie Hooimeijer, chairman of R&D dept. CEPI: “- the energy savings with this technology can save up to EUR 1 BLN a year for the paper and board sector alone”.
In the afternoon Stefan Uhlenbrook, vice rector of Unesco, held an invited speech titled “How climate change is effecting water scarcity in the world”. In the discussion, the problems of water scarcity were related to the potential of the CapWa results. One of the problems in arid areas is the distribution of rainfall during the year: often rainfall occurs during a few very short periods leading to flash floods. On the contrary water captured from industrial sources can form a continuous water source and therefore it can be a valuable contribution to the water demand. For the CapWa consortium this is an important aspect of the work carried out. To that end the consortium wanted to symbolize the potential of this promising technology for future water managers who attend UNESCO’s IHE University. Therefore at the end of the conference a glass object with captured water was handed over by Elisabeth Harstad, chief innovation & business line officer of DNV KEMA to Unesco.
Summarizing it can be concluded that the days event was successful. CapWa partners and participants are enthusiast and looking forward to the future outlook.
Special thanks goes out to the ambassador of Ecuador Mr. Calahorrano and of the Republic of Venezuela Mr. Bucarello as well as the delegates of the embassies of the US, Great Britain, China and the United Arab Emirates.