The Department of Energy has chosen aÂ public-private partnership led by theÂ Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to manage a research and development facilityÂ that will focus on desalineation technology platforms. DOEÂ said MondayÂ that theÂ National Alliance for Water Innovation will aim to address water security gaps and explore approaches to treat certainÂ water sources for multiple applications via theÂ Energy-Water Desalination Hub.Â
Under the initiative, NAWI will build treatment systems for produced, brackish and sea-based waters in an effort to help water desalination system suppliers build critical components and large-scale platforms. The allianceÂ alsoÂ seeks to minimize theÂ environmental impact for 90 percent of non-traditional water sources over the next decade.
TheÂ National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the National Energy Technology Laboratory helped form NAWI, which hasÂ more than 35 members and 180 partner organizations. Congress has allocatedÂ $40 million for the hub since fiscalÂ 2017 and DOE expectsÂ stakeholdersÂ to provide $34 million in cost-share funds.
The department added it plans to award research grants to solar desalination and wastewater resource recovery projects through the Water Security Grand Challenge.