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Guillermo Zaragoza

Senior Researcher
CIEMAT Centre for Energy, Environment and Technology Research

Dr Guillermo Zaragoza is a senior researcher in CIEMAT (Centre for Energy, Environment and Technology Research), working in the Solar Desalination R&D unit of Plataforma Solar de Almería, Spain. His main research is focused on the application of solar energy to desalination, both for small-scale decentralized applications and the coupling of desalination with concentrated solar power production. Dr Guillermo Zaragoza is a senior researcher in CIEMAT (Centre for Energy, Environment and Technology Research), working in the Solar Desalination R&D unit of Plataforma Solar de Almería, Spain. His main research is focused on the application of solar energy to desalination, both for small-scale decentralized applications and the coupling of desalination with concentrated solar power production.

Guillermo Zaragoza has a PhD in Physics (University of Granada, 1996), has held academic positions at the University of Oxford (1997-1998) and the Spanish Research Council (1999-2000), and at the greenhouse research facility of Cajamar Foundation (2001-2008). He has a long academic record (>85 papers, 3 books and 8 book chapters) and extensive experience in international R&D projects (>40), teaches in a master course on Solar Energy at the University of Almería and in international courses on Solar Desalination organized by the European Desalination Society, of which he is a board director. He is coordinating the Renewable Energy Desalination Action Group of the European Innovation Partnership on Water of the European Commission, as well as the Working Group on the same subject at the Water Europe Platform.

Demonstration Event Panel

Finalists will attend a demonstration event in June 2022 to compete for the Final Prize at the Bureau of Reclamation’s Yuma Desalting Plant. The Demonstration Event Panel will be present for the Finalists’ demonstrations and will provide feedback that will inform the selection of the Winner for the $150,000 award. A pool of $100,000 may be additionally awarded to Finalists who are not named as the Winner. Determination of the Winner and the award of additional prizes rests with solely with Common Pool.