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BLOOM: New filtration technology to solve the natural bloom of microalgae in desalination plants. Project (RTC-2017-6080-5).

AZUD is leading this project to develop a new filtration technology focused on solving the natural Bloom of microalgae in desalination plants, the aim of which is to develop a modular solution based on filtration techniques for the protection of desalination plants against large natural outcrops of microalgae.

The objective of this development is to reduce the impact of microalgae upwelling phenomena in reverse osmosis membrane treatment plants, which translates into a reduction in maintenance work, significant savings in operating costs and an increase in the useful life of the desalination plant elements.

The project will be developed by means of studies and hydraulic simulations of the behaviour of both the fluid and the filtration systems, including experimental tests with pilot equipment and different types of microalgae.



The project has been funded by the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities – State Research Agency and co-financed by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), within the RETOS-COLABORACIÓN 2017 call that supports projects in cooperation between companies and research organisations, whose objective is to promote technological development, innovation and quality research.



Together with AZUD, they participate in the BLOOM project:

    • Universidad de Sevilla a través del Departamento de Ingeniería Aeroespacial y Mecánica de Fluidos (US-MPFLOW)
    • Instituto de Bioquímica Vegetal y Fotosíntesis (US-IBVF), especialista en biotecnología de microalgas.
    • Drops & Bubbles Tecnología, S.L. spin-off de la Universidad de Sevilla especializada en dinámica de fluidos