09 September, 2022
A team of researchers from the Institute of Research, Innovation and Desalination Technologies, an R&D center affiliated with the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) in Saudi Arabia, visited King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) on Thursday, Sept 8, 2022. The visit aims to strengthen the successful partnership between the two entities, achieve sustainability in the desalination industry, and enhance water supply security in the country. It aims to do this through joint projects developing water technologies and training programs and exchanging expertise and knowledge.
The two parties discussed future opportunities, programs, and initiatives of mutual interest, which included sustainable and promising desalination and membrane technologies.
Engineer Ali Al-Sahari, Research and Consulting Technical Manager at the Institute of Research, Innovation and Desalination Technologies, explained that SWCC is committed to establishing and strengthening partnerships with Saudi universities. He pointed out that the discussions with researchers in the KAUST Water Desalination and Reuse Center (WDRC) focused on developing promising desalination technologies and improving and developing new membranes that achieve higher efficiency and lower economic cost for the uses of the desalination industry in Saudi Arabia.
Dr. Johannes Vrouwenvelder, Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering and the WDRC Director, stressed the importance of collaboration between industry and academia to promote promising technologies and innovations in desalination technologies and develop green technologies that reduce costs, increase productivity and raise efficiency.
The visiting research team toured WDRC facilities, including laboratories and pilot plans, and reviewed the latest research and innovative technology developments.