Smart Cube demonstration at our pilot site

During our second training session on March 04 + 05 we visited our pilot site in Essaouira to showcase and demonstrate the all-in-one Smart Cube technology on-site.

The working principle of SmaCuMed desalination technologies MCDI and low-pressure RO and the utilization of different water and soil sensors for IoT-based monitoring were shown to all participants.

We will keep you posted on up-coming events!

SmaCuMed – 2nd trainings session

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.

ESEE 2021 Conference – Leeuwarden

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.

Book of abstracts:

Ulrich Hellriegel – Energy efficient desalination with MCDI (HKA)

Une journée d’information – Save the Date

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.

More information will be available soon!

EMCEI Conference – Tunisia

The 3rd Euro-Mediterranean Conference for Environmental Integratrion (EMCEI-3) took place on June 10-13, 2021 (online).

Our SmaCuMed team was present and contributed to the program with two oral presentations:

  • Rim Mehdaoui, “Assessing groundwater suitability for irrigation of thirteen shallow and deep Tunisian aquifers”
  • Edgardo Cañas Kurz, “Smart irrigation cube for sustainable agriculture in the Mediterranean region” (awarded best presentation)

Here, we presented the SmaCuMed concept to a broather audience and the results of a study on Tunisian groundwater carried out by SmaCuMed partner CERTE.

The presentations’ abstracts will be published on the conference proceedings, which will consist of 13 sections, each edited by a group of Euro-Mediterranean Journal for Environmental Integration (EMJEI) Chief Editors & Track Chairs. Our Sections include:

Section 1. Engineering applications for environmental management
Section  6. Natural resources, agriculture and the environment

Setup and Commission of the new MCDI system

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.

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New MCDI system arrives in Karlsruhe

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.

Photo Courtesy: Edgardo Canas Kurz