Richard Melson

August 2006


The ADU-RES Project

ADU-RES is a Coordination Action aiming to bridge the gap

between successful R&D work and commercialisation of

renewable energy powered desalination systems.

The work is focused on stand alone systems, which will cover part of the pressing water needs of arid rural areas in the Mediterranean region. The international consortium has focused its work on the following two main objectives:

  1. Further development of integrated plant designs for mature and cost efficient autonomous desalination units (ADUs) based on renewable energy systems (RES)

  2. Formulation of political strategies for boosting implementation of autonomous desalination units within the existing political and legislative frameworks in the Mediterranean

1. Many pilot autonomous desalination units powered by renewable energy with outputs of a few cubic meters per day are operating successfully under the supervision of research institutes. Still, commercial applications remain rare. Now is the time to strengthen and unite research work for the design of robust and cost-effective desalination plants that operate autonomously on RES. Some of the remaining scientific and technical challenges are:

Radical cost reduction

Advanced management and control system

Improved long-term reliability

Environmentally sound set-ups

2. Wide-scale implementation of autonomous desalination units require favourable legislative and institutional framework conditions. ADU-RES examined the relevant legislation in the EU and in various Mediterranean countries and elaborate a policy initiative for boosting renewable energy based desalination. Concrete suggestions for how to improve existing EU legislation, such as the EU Water Framework Directive, were formulated.

ADU-RES will reach policy makers and think tanks, providing them with expert analysis and recommendations for the promotion of desalination units. Widespread circulation of reports, methodology and guidelines amongst the research and industry communities will initiate and maintain a fruitful interdisciplinary dialogue on the issue.

Dear colleagues,

the coordination action ADU-RES is aiming to bridge the gap between successful R&D work and commercialisation of renewable energy powered desalination systems. Technical, policy and socio-economic issues were analysed and the results were documented in reports that will be soon available on the project website (

On the 19th of September 2006 we are organising a seminar in Amman (Jordan) where our results will be presented and discussions will be held on the improvements of the institutional and policy conditions required for supporting the development of the technology. We would like to invite you to join our seminar and take part in the discussions. Please find attached the programme of the seminar and the contact details for registration.

We are looking forward to seeing you there.

Sincerely yours, Michael Papapetrou

WIP - Renewable Energies
Michael Papapetrou
Sylvensteinstr. 2
81369 Munich

Tel: +49-89-720 12 792
Fax: +49-89-720 12 791


[mena-water] Upcoming seminar:

"Desalination based on Renewable Energy"

Attachment: Jordan_seminar_programme_2006_08_30.pdf (0.33 MB)

"MENA Region Water Resources and Wastewater Network"

Michael Papapetrou

Wednesday, August 30, 2006