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Our research activities have resulted in a number of inventions and novel technologies in the areas of desalination, water treatment and renewable energy.

We boast a rapidly expanding portfolio of research activities in the area of desalination and renewable power generation applications, and have, our long-term mission, is to become a centre of excellence worldwide in desalination and water treatment technologies. We have a strong and steadily increasing team of 20 members, including academic staff, senior researchers, postgraduate research students and a technician.

Manipulated osmosis technology

Manipulated osmosis technology, which was invented by Professor Adel Sharif and Mr Abdulsalam Al-Mayahi in 2003, has the potential to make a global impact in reducing the carbon footprint of desalination plants whilst also enabling greater access to fresh water supplies.

The technology can be used in the construction of new desalination plants and integrated into both existing thermal desalination and reverse osmosis desalination plants, significantly reducing their carbon footprint, and reducing capital costs, power consumption and other operating costs. The manipulated technology technology also offers applications in water treatment for cooling towers, secondary oil recovery and renewable power generation; namely Hydro Osmotic Power (HOP). The technology has been brought to market in an impressive speed.

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Centre for Osmosis Research and Applications
University of Surrey