On September 30th and on October 30th, respectively, have concluded both courses organized under the framework of the DESAL+ Living Lab platform.
On the one hand, on September 30th concluded the course organized by the EDS and RO technology with the collaboration of ITC as coordinator of the DESAL+ Living Lab platform.
This 3-day intensive course used to be taught in person by Lecturer Mark Wilf, Ph.D. in Rome, but due to COVID-19 pandemic situation, EDS agreed with ITC to offer the course online. It was a shared performance course: EDS/RO Technology provided the teacher and the teaching material and ITC the Moodle platform and logistics for the online implementation of the course.
The course was divided into six modules; each module included the teaching material and a 3-hours online session (performed by Zoom). The online sessions were recorded and the videos uploaded to the Moodle platform together with the teaching material and the two handbooks on membrane technologies. All this material was available to the students for downloading and viewing for up to two weeks after the end of the course (15th October).The e-learning platform was available (24h/day) along the course duration and for launching within the platform, the six zoom sessions.
Finally, 20 students of eight nationalities completed the course satisfactorily. All of them did a complete follow-up of the six online sessions.
On the part of the students, the impression of the course was very satisfactory; and both EDS and RO Technology highly valued the development and results of the course, hoping to continue collaborating with ITC – DESAL+ Living Lab in this type of initiatives in the future.
On the other hand, on October 30th, concluded this new edition of the online course on DESALINATION BY RENEWABLE ENERGIES, launched by ITC in coordination with ALADYR – Latin-American Desalination and Water Reuse Association.
The course, of five weeks duration and taught in Spanish, had tutor and teachers from both ITC and the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, who collaborated in this edition as DESAL+ Living Lab partners. The course was aimed at professionals and students with an interest in the fields of desalination and renewable energies (cooperation agencies, NGOs, research centers, commercial companies, municipal technicians, etc.) – from 4 countries of Central and South America: Mexico, Peru, Chile and Venezuela.
As novelties for this 20th edition, two new topics were added; one on desalination powered by wave energy and another on energy management, control and regulation in desalination plants powered by renewable energies. In addition, two master webinar-classes were held; one on SWRO and energy consumption (given by Mr. Juan Miguel Pinto, President of ALADYR) and another one on SWRO pre-treatment by Ultrafiltration (given by Mrs. Victoria Vasini, Head of Processes at Fluence for South America).
Of the 17 registered students, finally 16 carried out a satisfactory follow-up of the course and obtained the certificate of achievement, sent by ALADYR.