REDstack’s largest and most ambitious project. Together with the project partners – Fujifilm and Wetsus – REDstack combined efforts to work on research, development, and upscaling of the RED technology. A massive achievement of the project was achieved in May 2014 when the world’s first RED research facility using ‘real-world’ feed waters was put into operation. The goal of the pilot installation is to investigate RED performance with real fresh and salt water, and to improve the RED technology for real-world applications. REDstack is working towards a cohesive understanding of the RED technology with the mission of providing completely sustainable and commercially-viable electricity production.
Fujifilm is responsible for developing the ion-exchange membranes used in the RED stacks investigated throughout the project. REDstack is responsible for designing, optimizing, and building the stacks – that includes the proper preparation and assembly as well. Furthermore, REDstack is responsible for the daily operation of the pilot facility on the Afsluitdijk. Wetsus is responsible for fundamental research and development on RED, which also includes innovative research into future Blue Energy-related technology. The project is funded by the three project partners, the Dutch province of Friesland, and the Northern Netherlands Provinces alliance (known in Dutch as Samenwerkingsverband Noord-Nederland, or SNN) and The Dutch Ministries of Infrastructure and Environment and Economic Affairs.