The POIROT project, optimizing desalination processes

The POIROT project, optimizing desalination processes

ACCIONA and NAITEC work together on the POIROT project to optimize desalination processes by reverse osmosis.

ACCIONA and NAITEC have been working on the POIROT project since 2021. It is an initiative to optimize the performance of desalination plants that use reverse osmosis (RO) technology by applying Industry 4.0 technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), cyber-physical systems and artificial intelligence to the field of desalination.

The project sets out to develop a decision-making support tool for the operation of desalination plants. The tool will be based on predictive criteria and will assist the strategic decision-making process for the rotation or replacement of membranes, ensuring their optimal operation for as long as possible.

The solution consists of a physical device that compiles data in real time and feeds modelling software. The information accumulated will enable the early detection of elements that may be damaged. This avoids the need for manual supervision of the membranes, minimizing the need for the number and duration of shutdowns and providing a better service generally.

The POIROT project is a part of ACCIONA’s strategic line of innovation that is based on its ecosystem of open innovation that aims at the development of a range of water quality monitoring tools. The POIROT project ratifies ACCIONA’s commitment to the use of smart technologies in the field of desalination in the water cycle in general, as well as to the sustainable development goals. NAITEC’s contribution is in the area of digitization and sensorization as part of its mission as a technology centre.

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