Water treatment in Sharjah
On 5th July 2019, the Fraunhofer Water Systems Alliance (SysWasser), represented by the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST, and the Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Park (SRTIP) in the United Arab Emirates signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The goal of the future cooperation is the further development of technologies in the field of water management.
In collaboration with local partners, research and development work is planned which will expedite the sustainable utilization of water resources. A technological basis for water disinfection is thereby presented by electrochemical oxidation using the diamond-coated electrodes developed at the IST. Through the electrons, ozone is generated, which decomposes organic compounds and kills germs. Biofouling can therefore be prevented - completely without the use of chemicals.
In addition to the SysWasser Alliance, the Fraunhofer IPK has also signed this MoU for the sectors of Smart Manufacturing and Automotive as well as Aviation R&D. The two Fraunhofer institutions are planning a permanent presence in the SRTI Park from the beginning of 2020 following the official opening of the headquarters. The activities of the Alliance will be coordinated by the Fraunhofer IST.