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R&I living lab in desalination technologies

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A Spanish research and development company based in the Canary Islands and specialized in designing, developing and testing water desalination systems, has create a living lab. It is an open-access research-ecosystem for testing, experimentation and demonstration of desalination-related technologies, products or services. The company offers collaboration to private and public sector for technical cooperation agreement, commercial agreement with technical assistance, research cooperation or join



The company specialized in designing, developing and testing water desalination, water treatment and water reuse systems with low energy cost and their application with renewable energy systems, has create this platform for developing solutions, demonstrative and innovative projects related to water desalination technologies and the applied use of renewable energies.
The Canary Islands have a very high level of desalination development, not only in terms of installed capacity but also in terms of know-how. These islands, situated in the middle of the Atlantic, have the highest density of desalination plants per square kilometre in the world. There is a great variety of plant sizes with different design conditions and location, and a wide diversity of technologies is implemented.
This makes the Canary Islands an ideal place for testing and experimentation in the field of desalination. Moreover, the great dependence on imported fossil fuels, along with the favourable sun and wind conditions of the islands, provide ideal opportunities to foster research, development and innovation in the implementation of renewable energies in desalination processes.
Living Lab offers the following opportunities:
 Real testbed desalination platform
Experimental areas, resources and technical and logistic support for the installation and testing of prototypes and new devices focused on desalination, related fields and renewable energy desalination. The company skills, desalination facilities and resources are made available to research centers and companies with the aim of achieving their research and development goals.
 Desalination consultancy
Technical support and consultancy for the development of projects of desalination technology, energy efficiency solutions, desalination governance and renewable energy integration to desalination.
 Desalination knowledge and technology transfer
Training activities, educational programs, researcher internship, knowledge and technology transfer, technical specifications, technical tender documentation.
The Living Lab has created the necessary conditions, infrastructures and protocols for accessing to desalination plants, to enable universities, research and technology centers, manufacturers, companies, operators and end users to collaborate and cooperate, using all the resources available within the ecosystem.
The company is interested in stablish technical cooperation agreement, commercial agreement with technical assistance, research cooperation and joint venture.
The company offers the service to researchers, manufactures and end users with the purpose of promoting and maturing their commercial potential of a desalination-related technology, product and/or service

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The platform is composed of numerous local members and collaborators. The Living Lab offers, with its available resources, the following opportunities for entities and companies that perform R&D&I in desalination: • Experimental areas (testbed land) with technical and logistical support for the installation and testing of prototypes and new devices focused on desalination, desalination by renewable energies and other related fields. • Technical support and consulting for the development, expansion and demonstration under real conditions of innovative solutions using the local open desalination infrastructure at all scales for R&D purposes (under conditions agreed). • Training activities, educational programs, knowledge transfer, etc. in desalination technologies and the use of renewable energies. The Living Lab has its own research resources, field equipment, water analysis laboratories, and infrastructures for pilots with seawater, brine, renewable energies, desalination plants and plots (on-shore/off-shore), all for experimental and demonstrative use. The Living Lab is a platform created by and for innovation and progress in desalination, within the framework of the Blue and Circular Economy Strategies and the fight against Climate Change. It seeks to contribute to the creation and development of solutions by providing researchers, manufacturers and end users with quick and simple access to the means and resources they need.

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Type of partners sought: universities, research and technology centers, manufacturers, companies, operators and end users. Technical cooperation agreement or commercial agreement with technical assistance: The initiatives and projects that can be carried out within the Living Lab include technical studies and reports, as well as prototype and new product development, including prototype and product testing under real conditions in desalination plants. Research cooperation: The collaboration must be established under a research cooperation agreement to participate in international cooperation research programs (H2020, Horizon Europe, Eurostars, etc.) in the field desalination, renewable energies and climate change. Joint venture: The company is also interested in establishing joint venture agreements with potential partners.

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SME 11-50,University,R&D Institution,SME <10,>500 MNE,251-500,SME 51-250,>500