New Desalination Technology from Saudi Arabia Opens Doors to Higher Worldwide Clean Water Sources

20 September, 2016


The first, worldwide adsorption water desalination and cooling plant has been successfully implemented by King Abdulaziz City of Science and Technology (KACST) in August 2016. The project was initiated in April 2014 through a collaboration agreement with King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), TAQNIA (Saudi Investment Company) and MEDAD TECHNOLOGIES Pte. Ltd. (a Singapore start-up company exclusively holding pending patent rights for this technology). Adsorption Desalination and Cooling (ADC) is a newly invented technology, co-owned between National University of Singapore (NUS) and KAUST. It is currently one of the most promising thermal desalination and cooling technologies, capable of treating direct seawater, brine water, and other highly polluted industrial wastewater, with minimum pretreatment required,and with very low electrical consumption (below 1.2 KWh/m3) and low OPEX costs (below 0,40$/ m3). ​​​