Our project is dedicated to the efficient desalination of groundwater for sustainable agriculture in the Mediterranean region. Our goal is not only to develope sustainable concepts and technologies, but also to aise awareness on the environmental impacts of SmaCuMed on water management and irrigation, boost capacity building and best practice sharing between farmers, managers, stakeholders and the scientific community, and the transfer of technical knowledge.
In order to achieve these goals, training sessions on-site (living-lab) of sustainable water treatment facilities are planed. On March 4 and 5, 2022 our second training session will be held in a two-day event on-site.
The training courses will be focusing on the areas of “desalination using regenerative energies” and “real-time monitoring in agriculture”. Furthermore, the second part of the 1st training on “solar energy system for desalination” will take place. The trainings will be given by project partners, the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (Germany)., Aquagri Ltd (Lisbon, Portugal) and Raach Solar (Erolzheim, Germany).
The trainings will take place in Marrakesh, at the Cadi Ayyad University and will include a visit to the first SmacuMed pilot plant, which was installed in October 2021 in Essaouira, Morocco. The system is used to irrigate argan trees in a coastal region west of Marrakesh, Morocco.
For more information about the upcoming trainings you can download the trainings flyer and programme here.
SmaCuMed presented the latest results on membrane capacitive deionization (MCDI) research by Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HKA) at the 12th Symposium on Electrochemical Engineering in Leeuwarden, Netherlands (14th – 17th of June, 2021).
With the scope in “Electrochemistry for electrification and energy transition toward a sustainable future”, the ESEE 2021 is Europe’s largest conference on electrochemical engineering and thus a perfect platform for getting to know international researchers on MCDI and deepen discussions on the latest results and operation recommendations.
In an online talk in the session “Capacitive deionization and supercapacitors”, Ulrich Hellriegel (HKA) pointed out findings of theoretical and pilot trial studies of energy efficient desalination with MCDI and furthermore highlighted its importance for sustainable agriculture in Morocco.
The fist SmaCuMed information session carried out by SmaCuMed teams from the Cadi Ayyad University took place last Tuesday, June 23 at the Ecóle Supérieure de Technologie d’Essouira.
Attendees from different sectors joined the Session where Argan and agriculture in Essaouira was the main focus.
The next date in our Calendar is July 26-27 – The first SmaCuMed international workshop on Innovative Solutions for Water Use in Agriculture- The workshop will be held with international presentations on water and land managment – and it will include two trainings from German and Portuguese partners on solar energy systems and IoT aided irrigation.
Save The Date! – On Tuesday June 22, The University Cadi Ayyad will present our project and give out information to the open public on our goals, our technologies and the pilot trials that will start this Summer in Essaouira.
The setup of the new MCDI plant – Voltea IS12 – with a desalination capacity of up to 30 L/min is being carried out at the facilities of HsKA University. The IS12 system consists of 12 electrode modules (C17, Voltea®). Pilot trials will include desalination of model water (NaCl and multi-ion solution) based on Moroccan groundwater with salinity as high as 10 g/L. The desalination of seawater ( > 30 g/L) and brackish water (1 – 30 g/L) is an energy-intensive process.
With the SmaCuMed box, novel technologies will be tested to produce high-quality water for irrigation with the use of only renewable energy source, solar PV. The tests in the HsKA laboratory will allow the optimization of the operational parameters for the MCDI system, which will be piloted in 2 trial tests in Morocco. Pilot trials are planned to start later this year.
The new MCDI Industrial series unit arrived at the University of Applied Sciences Karlsruhe on Tuesday 22.December 2020
The new MCDI system for the pilot has arrived at the University of Applied Sciences Karlsruhe on Tuesday 22.December 2020. Like a Christmas miracle, the new MCDI industrial series plant arrives at Karlsruhe just before Christmas.
The SmaCuMed project is going in full swing even during the pandemic. The plant is planned to be assembled and set into operation by January 2021.