BlueTech Webinar: A Focus on Pressure Retarded Osmosis

Recorded on Thursday, April 24, 2014:


11:00 am - 12:30 pm Eastern US Time;
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm British Time

BlueTech® Research, in conjunction with B2B Webinars, would like to invite you to our upcoming interactive webinar on the current status and future projections for pressure retarded osmosis technologies and applications.

Pressure retarded osmosis (PRO) is an exciting new area of the water technology industry. PRO is one application of forward osmosis and could represent a major market growth area for the membrane industry. Situated at the intersection of water and energy, it offers the potential to further reduce the energy footprint of desalination through energy recovery from brine concentrates. As a renewable energy technology, it can provide stable-based load power wherever there is a source of saltwater and freshwater.

The area has been a source of recent controversy with the announcement that Statkraft was leaving this area. Statkraft was a pioneer in this area and spearheaded many groundbreaking work and projects. Their departure was a setback for a nascent sector. However, there is a quiet but steady movement in the industry to commercialize PRO, ranging from the work on the Japanese mega ton project to the Hydro Quebec project and the work of innovators and researchers.

This webinar will shed light on the current status of PRO, as well as the likely time frame for future development. A panel of leading experts, each with a complementary perspective on the topic, will present on the opportunities and challenges as they see them and engage in an interactive dialogue with webinar attendees through facilitated Q&A.


  • H2O Innovation will speak about some of its research work in this area, why the company has chosen to focus on this area, and where there is potential for the technology. H2O Innovation will also speak about its current project under development with Hydro Quebec.
  • Porifera will discuss where it sees interest, market pull, and opportunity in PRO, especially in desalination plants. It will provide its perspective on promising membrane configurations and the results found in its FO membranes.
  • Colorado School of Mines will provide a perspective on the general landscape of different membrane companies and various applications of PRO, as well as the barriers PRO will need to overcome to move forward.
  • IDE, a leading Israeli desalination company, will speak about IDE's new PRO membrane module in two variations: the design of PRO plant for seawater or river water applications.

Questions to be answered include:

  • What is the current status of osmotic power? How many years until it is considered economical? What are the hurdles?
  • How much power (watts) can be generated per m2 of membrane area? Is this an important metric for measuring economic viability or should it come down to cost per watt?
  • What companies and research groups are active and taking charge in this area?
  • To what extent will the area be limited or enabled by new forward osmosis membranes? What are the newest membrane materials being used and developed? What is the potential for breakthrough and in what time frame?
  • Where are the near term commercial applications for PRO? Will it be energy from brine concentrate, or energy from freshwater and saltwater?

Who should attend?

  • Investors looking to understand the market opportunity in pressure retarded osmosis and osmotic power.
  • Water industry executives looking to maintain (or establish) a competitive advantage and inform strategic moves in this growing market segment.
  • Technology providers looking for technology gaps and unmet needs.
  • Consultants, policy makers and regulators looking to stay on top of the latest market trends and the state of technological innovation in the PRO market segment.


Paul O’Callaghan, CEO, O2 Environmental, BlueTech Research


Guillaume Clairet, Executive VP, H2O Innovation

Erik Desormeaux, Director of Process Design, Porifera

Dr. Tzahi Cath, Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

Dr. Boris Liberman, CTO Membrane Technology, IDE Technologies

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How It Works

The 90 minute session is interactive and you will be able to submit questions -live- to our esteemed speakers - via computer during the session. However, please note that since this is a discussion and not a formal presentation the only visual elements will be the information contained herein.
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You will have the opportunity to ask questions at specified times during the presentation. All participants will be able to hear both the questions and answers.

Single Connection: $245.00
Additional Connection at the same Organization: $150.00

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  • Wednesday, 26 March 2014