In 2005, the Engineering Institute of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) created a series of multidisciplinary projects, denominated IMPULSA (Program for Multidisciplinary Researches and Projects of Leadership and Academic Improvement), which were created by the Scientific Research Coordination of the University.
This project had as objective the theoretical design of a desalination unit using renewable resources as main power source. During 5 years of operations, IMPULSA contributed to the generation of human resources in this area.

In 2010, iiDEA began operations taking the theoretical data from IMPULSA, being part of the Mexican Center for Innovation in Geothermal Energy in 2014.