The main objective of the NAWADES project is to study, design, produce, and test new water desalination filter technology from four points of view:
- The structure of multi-layer membrane filter, including UV light distributed by glass fibres inside the membrane stack.
- The materials used to build the filter, including fouling and scaling monitoring
- The coating treatments applied to the surface of the filter using plasma and nano-TiO2 fibres
- The filtration process with integrated removal of bio-fouling.
The new filter technology shall provide long-life and antifouling filters to be used in Reverse Osmosis (RO) water desalinisation processes with a higher efficiency and life-time, less energy consumption (lower pressure), and less maintenance (lower cost).