New Scientific Achievement at Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology:
New Integrated Solar-energy-based System for Wastewater Treatment
Joint Project with Research Teams from E-JUST and Birmingham University
Prof. Mona Gamal Eldin, Dean of the School of Energy Resources, Environment, Chemical, and Petrochemical Engineering, has announced the launch of a new research project in an international partnership with Britain to create a new water treatment that uses solar energy along with new organic substances and other nano-substances extracted from nature.
She also added that the research project partnership with the English party aims at developing a new low-cost technique working on solar energy for groundwater treatment. The new system utilizes a dual adsorption-based system for water treatment merging two treatment units. The first one is responsible for primary treatment using nano substances extracted from Egyptian natural resources like sand soil and anchored water hyacinth plant, Eichhornia azurea, for effective treatment. The second unit is a decentralized distillation-based groundwater treatment unit that utilizes the substances with organic metal frames characterized for their porosity and high ability of water absorption. This treatment system has an edge over the current water treatment units as its operation cost is 50% less, as well as being decentralized.
On the other hand, Prof. Marwa Farouk Elkady, associate professor of Chemical Engineering and a researcher on the project, has stated that the new water treatment unit is considered an ideal example of decentralized water treatment units as it can be used for drinking water, industrial wastewater, groundwater, and seawater (which is a renewable and sustainable resource) treatment to be used as pure drinking water that is suitable for human consumption.
Besides, she added that using this technology contributes to improving water quality and reducing diseases resulting from polluted water consumption. Moreover, she mentioned that this project is the outcome of the cooperation and partnership between Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology and Birmingham University at L.E. 3,000,000.