Due to climate change preventing evaporation is gaining importance. Recently California turned to millions of plastic balls. New technology is now combining two functions; saving water and generating energy. A vinyl cover for water reservoirs containing solar cells is especially interesting for remote areas where the energy can be used to operate water pumps.
During the World Water Congress in Edinburgh the Water Footprint Network launched the Water Footprint Research Alliance. The Research Alliance with partners from the Netherlands, China, Spain and South Africa is aiming at advanced research and collaboration in the field of Water Footprint Assessment and sustainable water use.
Tidal and wave conversion systems are expected to contribute substantially to the European energy system in the short to medium term, due to both local availability of the resources and advanced technological status. Current projections of the European Joint Research Centre foresee about 40 MW of tidal and 25 MW of wave energy capacity being installed by 2018.
LGC, an international life sciences measurement and testing company based in the United Kingdom, recently launched water test materials to measure toxic water pollutants at nanogram-per litre levels. Three types of ready-to-use water test materials were successfully developed. These materials can contribute to the European-wide battle to improve water quality.