Geothermal desalination is an experimental process under development for the production of fresh water using heat energy extracted from underground rocks. Claimed benefits of this method of desalination are that it requires less maintenance than reverse osmosis membranes and that the primary energy input is from geothermal heat, which is a low-environmental-impact source of energy.
Around 1995, several entrepreneurs came together with an idea to use geothermal water directly as a source for desalination. The experiment was moved to northern Nevada. It was moderately successful, and was a proof of concept. The developers, Adjunct Professor Ronald A. Newcomb, have designed a series of prototypes.
The Consortium is tasked by its Director of Operations, Adj. Professor Ronald A. Newcomb with exercising a value-added collaboration with stakeholders on projects where there is a well defined benefit to mankind and the environment by such collaboration and to consider increased values in sustainability options, alterations and improvements.
No active member of a Consortium group draws salary from the State or the University for this work nor is the Consortium paid for its work by the project owners nor does it receive equity in the projects since the groups are comprised mostly of persons with direct involvement or who perceive some other benefit to participation in the collaboration.
The goal of the Consortium is to coordinate various stakeholders and interests in the projects, consider various implementation options and strategies that reduce the environmental impact of the project or technology and/or enhance and benefit the environment through the implementation of sustainable design systemically throughout the project development and implementation stages.
It does this by inclusive relationships with stakeholders and individuals who may or may not be involved with the companies, consultants, projects, or development but who offer their expertise through ICATS to help ensure successful projects with environmental impacts that are reduced, or, at times, and where possible, improve environments where they are implemented. (The two current project fit this category.)
Consortium members are individuals with interest in and/or are stakeholders in the Consortium’s specific projects in some manner, which, at times may mean direct involvement with involved companies, or act merely in an advisory capacity because of the potential impact of a technology or its implementation.
Consortium membership is voluntary and by invitation only, and we attempt to include major stakeholders in the Consortium discussion groups. The members list (top navigation bar) refers to the members and companies in which they are involved. The Consortium plays only an advisory role and exercises no direct authority in projects per se, though individuals in the various discussion groups may.
Many new technologies can benefit the environment if implemented in environmentally wise manners being mindful of the synoptic level of impact, that is, when considering the long-reaching effects both in the physical distance (the normal usage of the term ‘synoptic’) and in the depth of impact on the environment when viewed as a highly ordered and homeostatic system that involves various aspects from the earth’s crustal and tectonic systems, to the overt geographic and topographic systems, to biological systems and their response to stimulus ranging from soils to solar irradiance.
Considering the full impact of any given project or technology allows for adjustments that benefit all, usually improving the project’s overall impact and profits. We believe in stewardship, both of the economics of business, and of the environment in which we all live and breathe. These concepts need not be mutually exclusive.