• TUM DeSal Challenge

    12 international student teams competed at the finals of TUM DeSal Challenge 2016.
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  • TUM DeSal Challenge

    The results of the engineering competition for the design of desalination plants powered by renewable energies.
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2016 TUM DeSal Challenge


To encourage young people to become involved in solving the problem of water scarcity.



To provide an overview of various institutes and companies active in the field of desalination: Research, teaching, industry.


To introduce the sponsoring companies and institutes of the 2016 TUM DeSal Challenge.


To provide insights into renewable desalination.



Process of application TUM DeSal Challenge 2016

Schritt 1 Bewerbung TUM DeSal Challenge 2016 
Step 1
Form a team

 A team may consist of just 1 member, but we recommend to use the maximum amount of 6 members. It's much more fun and usually the results are better.

Schritt 2 Bewerbung TUM DeSal Challenge 2016 
Step 2
Find an idea

Think about how the desalination, powered by renewable energy sources, might work. Advisors are welcome, the internet provides a lot of information, we will help you too.

Schritt 3 Bewerbung TUM DeSal Challenge 2016 
Step 3
Please email your application 'til January 6, 2016. Describe the desalination concept, the components, the costs to build the plant on approx. 4 pages.





TUM DeSal Challenge 2016 Title

Providing Water for the World TUM DeSal Challenge 2016

For the fourth time since 2009, teams of secondary school students and university students develop their own creative solutions for the sustainable desalination of seawater based on renewable energy sources.

Here, you can find the further information for the 2016 competition.

Facts TUM DeSal Challenge 2016


  • Call for Applications (September 2015)
  • Webinars on desalination
  • Deadline for Applications (January 6, 2016)
  • Review by the Jury
  • Nomination of Participants (February 15, 2016)
  • Kick-Off Meeting (World Water Day, March 22, 2016))
  • Finals (June 17 and 18, 2016)


  • Drinking water capacity and quality
  • Cost planning
  • Installation effort, ease of use and maintenance
  • Degree of innovation
  • Design and engineering
  • Communication


  • Claus Mertes (Deutsche Meerwasser-Entsalzungs GmbH)
  • Dr. Markus Forstmeier (SGL Carbon)
  • Dr. Joachim Koschikowski (Fraunhofer Institut für Solare Energiesysteme)
  • Prof. Dr. Oliver Mayer (General Electric Global Research)
  • Dr. Paul Schausberger (UNIHA Wasser Technologie GmbH)
  • Dr. Bruno Schiebelsberger (Solarenergieförderverein Bayern e. V.)


Detailed Information about the TUM DeSal Challenge to download.


pdf TUM DeSal Challenge Information Brochure



Detailed Information about the TUM DeSal Challenge and about the sponsoring possibilites to download.


 pdf TUM DeSal Sponsor Brochure


Competition Agreement TUM DeSal Challenge 2016


pdf Competition Agreement 2016 TUM DeSal Challenge (Version 2015-12-03)

About us

The TUM DeSal Challenge concept was born in January 2009. The first finals were held in July of that year. Although the competition is hosted by the Chair of Thermodynamics at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), the primary aspects of the event are organized by around 10 student volunteers.

Organisation TUM DeSal Challenge

Technische Universität München • Lehrstuhl für Thermodynamik

Project manager:

Boltzmannstr. 15 • 85748 Garching, Germany

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Please feel free to contact us!