THE FUTURE OF DESALINATION, talk by Dr.James Birkett

Community Happenings
Camden Public Library
55 Main St. Camden
Camden Conference
Feb 04, 2014
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Dr. James Birkett

About 98% percent of the water on the earth is salt water. If just a fraction of it could be made into freshwater more easily the world’s future would look brighter as well as less thirsty.

Desalination is the process that’s used across the globe today to turn salt water into freshwater and there are thousands of desalination plants already providing freshwater from salt and brackish water alike. The number of them continues to grow as researchers improve the process, and make it more cost effective and energy efficient.

An internationally recognized authority on desalination, Dr. James Birkett, will present his talk “Desalination; an Increasing Part of Our Water Resource Portfolio” on Tuesday, February 4, 7-8:30 pm at the Camden Public Library. This event is free and open to all.

One of the desalination industry’s most respected professionals, Birkett has more than four decades of experience in the field and was the first elected President of The International Desalination Association (IDA) after it was created in 1988. Jim was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his work at the recent IDA World Congress in Tianjin, China.

In his talk, Birkett will discuss the desalination technologies used today, their applications and economies, and desalination’s role as an important part of dealing with the world’s increasing need for more water. Jim sees a new attitude taking shape toward the viability of desalination as part of the solution.

“Increasingly governments are looking at and managing their available resources as portfolios of technical options, not just individual sources. This is a healthy trend away from putting all the eggs into one basket,” he writes.

About the Speaker: Dr. Birkett began his career at the international consulting firm Arthur D. Little, Inc. (ADL) in Cambridge, MA, and for 26 years, worked with ADL’s foreign and domestic, industrial and government clients. In 1988, he left ADL to establish his own firm, West Neck Strategies, in Nobleboro, ME. He continues to consult, lecture and publish widely in his fields of interest. He is a graduate of Bowdoin College, where he earned his BA, and Yale University, from which he received his MS and PhD degrees in physical chemistry.

This presentation is hosted by the Camden Public Library and offered as a free community event in in anticipation of the 27th Annual Camden Conference: The Global Politics of Food and Water, February 21-23, 2014.

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