US academy to provide course on water sustainability at IWS

desal-james grellier wcThe sessions will provide a forum for networking with users and suppliers of desalination technology in the Gulf region. (Image source: James Grellier/Wikimedia Commons)International Water Summit (IWS) has announced that it will host International Desalination Association (IDA) Desalination Academy course on water sustainability at the event

The topics include ‘Integration of Hybrid Technologies with Renewable Energy to Improve the Sustainability of Water Desalination’ and ‘Sustainable Operation with Advanced Membrane Filtration’.

Held on 21-22 January 2014 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), the course will provide an opportunity for managers, engineers and students in the desalination industry to expand their knowledge of hybrid technologies and plant operations, with a focus on renewable energy and sustainable operation of desalination plants using advanced membrane filtration.

The sessions will also provide a forum for networking with users and suppliers of desalination technology and for exchanging views on the future directions and opportunities in desalination in the Gulf region, an IWS statement said.

The course will be taught by IDA Desalination Academy faculty Leon Awerbuch, chief technology officer of Leading Edge Technologies Limited and Interim Dean of the IDA Desalination Academy, who will also present the general concept of hybrids, hybrid systems to stabilise water networks, and hybrid and aquifer storage.

Corrado Sommariva, ex-president of IDA and MD of ILF Consulting Engineers Middle East and head of the company’s worldwide desalination practice, will talk about new solutions, clean technologies with renewable energy, and energy efficiency activities associated with desalination plants with an exploration of low energy desalination processes including membrane distillation, forward osmosis, MED associated with solar distillation, and low temperature desalination.

Graeme K. Pearce, principal of Membrane Consultancy Associates, would also conduct a session on ‘Sustainable Operation with Advanced Membrane Filtration (MF/UF)’, along with an overview of market leaders, commercial products and recent developments.

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