Solar Water Treatment

Chile has an enormous need of water, especially for the mining industry in the north of the country. FCR-CSET develops water treatment technologies adapted to individual specifications of feed water salinity for complete stand-alone systems, powered by solar electricity or solar/waste heat.

Research Focus

  • Development of thermal desalination systems powered by waste heat or solar thermal heat, based on membrane distillation technology.
  • Small to medium scale PV powered reverse osmosis systems as well as ultrafiltration, detoxification, and sanitization technologies.
  • System simulation and development of individual design tools. 


  • Consultancy.
  • Simulations.
  • System designs.
  • Pilot and demonstration projects.