The technology transfer company of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) has recently announced the launch of a US-Israel consortium along with Northwestern University. The latest collaborative project will allegedly help to tackle global water challenges.
Sources reveal the program is called the Collaborative Water-Energy Research Center (CoWERC) and focuses especially on the combination of water and energy, thus developing measures to create energy-efficient enhanced water supplies, wastewater reuse and resource recovery, and energy-water systems.
Sources further suggest the CoWERC technology will undergo a pilot testing at water and wastewater facilities in the United States and Israel. After its successful implementation it will be launched globally.
The program is funded with a total budget of $21.4 million, which includes $9.2 million joint grant from the US Department of Energy and Israeli Ministry of Energy, along with the Israel Innovation Authority. Furthermore, the project is part of the US-Israel Energy Center program by the US-Israel Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation.
“Water and energy are inextricably linked: water purification and distribution are primary uses of energy, while water is essential for energy production,” commented Aaron Packman, professor of civil and environmental engineering in McCormick School of Engineering and director of Northwestern’s Center for Water Research.
“CoWERC will enable us to develop new technologies that will reduce the energy needed for desalination, improve recovery of water and energy, and support safe water reuse.
“Interestingly, urban wastewater contains more energy than the amount needed for its purification,” said Moshe Herzberg, professor of environmental engineering at ZIWR. “Our aim is to recover this energy, along with nutrients, and reuse the treated water.”