How does microbial desalination work? See the new MIDES video

Published On: May 11, 2017

MIDES is co-financed by the EU Horizon 2020 programme

A new video about MIDES project has just been published. Watch it and discover how microbial desalination works:



The MIDES project aims to revolutionise desalination by developing a more sustainable low-energy process of producing safe drinking water from seawater. This advanced technology will be exploited internationally to meet the growing need for water resources essential to environmental, economic and social development. Demonstration sites are planned in Europe, North Africa and South America.

In the MIDES system, Microbial Desalination Cells (MDC) remove ions from saline water in a process powered by electroactive bacteria, without external energy input – as a pretreatment for reverse osmosis. The € 7.9 million project, co-financed by the EU Horizon 2020 programmecomprises an international consortium of 12 companies and research organisations from 8 countries, and is planned to run from 2016 – 2020. Led by FCC Aqualia, the work will start with the validation of new nanomaterials for pre-treatment, as well as the selection of new membrane and electrode configurations. 

For more information on the MIDES project, contact: â€‹

The MIDES ConsortiumAqualia (Coordinator), FUJIFILM, IMDEA WaterLEITAT, Mikrolin, Oncontrol, RWB water services, SGL Group, SimTech, UNESCO-IHE, University of Chile, University of Gabes

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 685793. 

This publication only reflects the author´s view and the European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.


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