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Desalination using geothermal in Mexico

U.S.-Mexico Border at Tijuana, Mexico (source: flickr/ Casey Renner, creative commons)
Francisco Rojas 17 Jul 2014

Instituto de Ingenieria UNAM in Mexico wants to assist Baja California in generating drinkable water by a special desalination process (filtering) using the abundant geothermal resources in the region.

The Instituto de Ingenieria UNAM in Mexico is currently developing desalination technologies to convert seawater to drinkavle via geothermal energy. Mexico has abundant geothermal resources, yet accessing new ways to obtain water safe for human consumption has great potential.

Master of Engineering Héctor Jiménez Aviña responsible for these research projects, says that “the work is being implemented in Baja California as an area with huge coastline, water shortages and many renewable energy resources such as solar, wind and geothermal “. “Currently, the engineer adds Aviña Jiménez, in many countries depend on such processes for drinking water and ensure the supply in some years it will be also source for Mexico.”

According to the post, “This research project aims to generate electricity using geothermal resources to power a system of reverse osmosis desalination. The technology involves pumping seawater at very high pressure through membranes of tiny pore size, which only let the water and no salt, similar to a filtering process.” This particular technology is aimed at assisting Baja California in the north of Mexico, where water shortages and geothermal potential are both plentiful.

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Source: Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia Website