17 October, 2021
On October 14th, the WDRC participated in the "Industry Meet and Greet: SWCC" event hosted and organized by the I&ED, KAUST. Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) is responsible for desalinating seawater and supplying vast regions throughout the Kingdom. The event aims to foster a robust KAUST- industry relationship and identify opportunities for collaboration with SWCC through understanding the challenges facing the water industry in the Kingdom. SWCC and IED gave presentations revolving around topics on renewable energy and desalination, membrane materials and fouling prevention, pre-treatment and post-treatment, and digital plant operations.
An exciting and fruitful discussion on the topic "SWCC Water Research Collaborations and AI Digital Transformation Challenges" were participated by the following panelists:
› Dr. Mohammed Al Namazi, Deputy Executive Director of Desalination Technologies Research Institute, SWCC
› Friedrich Alt, Senior Expert, DTRI, SWCC
› Essam Al bishi, AI Unit Head, SWCC
› Noreddine Ghaffour, Professor, Environmental Science and Engineering
› Luca Fortunato, Research Scientist, Water Desalination & Reuse Center