After 40 years of research, is membrane distillation about to make an impact?

Source: O2 Environmental Inc.

Interactive Web Conference

October 25th, 2012 -- BlueTech Research is pleased to announce the details of the next interactive web-conference in the BlueTech® Webinar Series entitled: Membrane Distillation: after 40 years of research, is MD about to make an impact? The Event will be held on October 25th, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM EDT; 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM BDT.

Due to energy concerns associated with Reverse Osmosis (RO) desalination, alternatives to the RO membrane process have started to attract attention from scientists and engineers. One of these processes, Membrane Distillation (MD), is the subject of this webinar. Membrane distillation is customarily thought of as a membrane separation process. But while the importance of the membrane should not be dismissed, it is primarily a thermal (evaporative) process.

This BlueTech™ webinarincludes presentations from an international panel from the US and Europe. The Webinar brings together membrane and water technology experts to discuss benefits, drawbacks and market niche for MD technology. The current status of system designs will be reviewed, and there will be presentations of the different approaches taken and of field results. Finally, there will be a discussion of prospects, highlighting research needs, new applications, and commercial opportunities. The webinar will include a Q&A session to address specific questions from participants. Moderator


  • Graeme Pearce, Director, Membrane Consultancy Associates Ltd. & member of O2 TAG.


  • Dr. Jim Birkett, Proprietor, West Neck Strategies
  • Val Frenkel, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, Director Membrane Technologies, TKI Malcolm Pirnie, the Water Division of ARCADIS.
  • Albert Jansen, Water Business Development, TNO

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