Sustainable water supply: Water desalination using capacitive deionization “WaKap”


The Joint Research Project  „Modular concept for sustainable desalination using capacitive deionization on the example of Vietnam – WaKap“ is a project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) within the funding program „Future-oriented Technologies and Concepts to Increase Water Availability by Water Reuse and Desalination (WavE)“.

WaKap will be carried out from September 2016 to December 2019 under the grant agreement No. 02WAV1413A.

The Project

Water shortage is one of the main problems worldwide. Today about 700 million people in 43 countries suffer from water poverty and it is expected that by 2025 this figure will rise to about 1.8 billion. Water resources played and play an important role in the economic development of Vietnam and is an important factor in the socioeconomic development of the country. For this reason, the Joint Research Project ‚WaKap‘ started in September 2016 funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and managed by the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HsKA), Germany under the coordination of Prof. Jan Hoinkis.

The Project is carried out together with Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI) and the German companies Karl Spiegl GmbH & Co. KG and Winkelnkemper GmbH . In Vietnam the Project is locally supported by the Vietnamese-German University (VGU) in Ho Chi Minh City and the company SDVICO.

Project area in Vietnam