The growing need for large quantities of potable water can only be met with large scale seawater desalination plants. Plants operated with electricity and heat from nuclear power plants are seen as the environmentally sound way to meet the need for water.
Roger Humphries and Keith Davies have been leading advocates of nuclear desalination and active in developing the technical basis for coupling nuclear power plants and desalination plants (1,2,3,4). Indeed, CANDESAL is their coupling of CANDU power reactors and desalination plants (see schematic).
1. Safety Aspects of nuclear power plants coupled with
seawater desalination units,
IAEA-TECDOC-1235, August 2001.
2. Optimization of the coupling of nuclear reactors and
IAEA-TECDOC-1444, June 2005.