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Water 2014, 6(5), 1134-1150; doi:10.3390/w6051134

Desalination Technologies: Hellenic Experience

Department of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Heroon Polytechniou 9, Zografou, Athens 15780, Greece
Dialynas SA Environmental Technology, P.O. BOX 4 Alikarnasos, Iraklion, Crete 71601, Greece
National Agricultural Research Foundation (NAGREF), Iraklion Institute, Iraklion, Crete 71203, Greece
Hellenic Union of Municipal Enterprises for Water Supply and Sewerage (EDEYA), 37-43 Papakuriazi, Larissa 41222, Greece
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Received: 18 February 2014 / Revised: 6 April 2014 / Accepted: 17 April 2014 / Published: 30 April 2014
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Beyond doubt, desalination is growing rapidly worldwide. However, there are still obstacles to its wider implementation and acceptance such as: (a) high costs and energy use for fresh water production; (b) environmental impacts from concentrate disposal; (c) a complex, convoluted and time-consuming project permitting process; and (d) limited public understanding of the role, importance, benefits and environmental challenges of desalination. In this paper, a short review of desalination in Greece is being made. Data on the cost of desalination shows a decrease in the future and the potential of water desalination in Greece. The paper summarizes the current status in southeastern Greece (e.g., Aegean islands and Crete), and investigates the possibility of production of desalinated water from brackish water.
Keywords: brackish water; cost of desalination; desalination worldwide; desalination plants in Greece brackish water; cost of desalination; desalination worldwide; desalination plants in Greece
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Zotalis, K.; Dialynas, E.G.; Mamassis, N.; Angelakis, A.N. Desalination Technologies: Hellenic Experience. Water 2014, 6, 1134-1150.

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