New Waves August 2007

Breaking news about water resources research and education in Texas

Texas A&M holds third annual desalination conference

By Kari Miller

Texas A&M University’s Food Protein Research and Development Center – Separation Sciences program presented the third annual “Water Desalination: Water and Wastewater Issues and Technologies,” practical short course from August 5-7 in College Station.

Dr. David Burnett Dr. David Burnett, director of technology at the A&M System's Global Petroleum Research Institute, describes the mobile reverse-osmosis desalinator during a demonstration at the workshop in College Station.

The conference featured topics such as the future of desalination in Texas, industrial treatment technologies for wastewater and compact ozonation systems.

Keynote speakers included Jorge Arroyo from the Texas Water Development Board, David Burnett, director of technology at Global Petroleum Research Institute, Bill Irvine, president and founder of Engineering Fluid Solutions and Jerry Clark of Ozone Systems. Demonstrations of pretreatment technologies, desalination equipment, membrane technologies and post treatment technologies were held at the Texas A&M Food Protein R&D Center Separation Sciences Lab.

Carl Vavra, the program coordinator for the Separation Science Group, said the conference had approximately 50 attendees, mostly from Texas. Many Texas cities are experiencing water shortages and sent personnel to the course. Several attendees were from the oil & gas industries that are looking for technologies to clean up their wastewater and reduce their water use, he said.

“The conference has been very successful. It has allowed us to market what we do because most people don’t associate water with the Food Protein R&D Center,” Vavra said. “We have established a large network with companies and academia from the United States and other countries for presenting papers at our short courses and working with our research and contract projects here at Texas A&M University.”

The Texas Water Resources Institute helped sponsor the course. The Global Petroleum Research Institute at Texas A&M assisted with organizing and conducting the course.

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