Water Desalination and Purification Program

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) Water Desalination/Purification program is currently an applied research and development program focusing on maturing promising technologies for incorporation into prototype desalination systems. The goal is to improve the Navy desalination capability in terms of increased operational availability in littoral waters, reduced maintenance, decreased size and weight, and reduced energy usage. The systems must be designed for the operational constraints of Navy ships as detailed in ONR BAA 09-013: Component Development for Advanced Shipboard Desalination.

The fiscal year 2010-2014 program will consist of two-year efforts to mature promising component level technologies followed by development of complete shipboard desalination systems. Though the program is quite applied now, ONR involvement derives from prior basic research on the development of novel membranes for shipboard wastewater treatment (solid and liquid waste treatment).


  • Fresh water delivery on ocean-going ships

Program Contact Information

Name: Dr. Paul Armistead

Title: Program Officer

Department: Code 33

Division: Naval Materials

Email: paul.armistead@navy.mil

Office of Naval Research
875 N. Randolph Street
Arlington, Va. 22203

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