IDA partners SWCC, DTRI for desalination conference

The International Desalination Association (IDA) has announced its partnership with the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) – Desalination Technology Research Institute (DTRI) for an International Specialty Conference on Innovation in Desalination, September 27 – 29, 2021, in the City of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

This event will focus on the latest achievements in science and technology of desalination and provides a forum for incubation and exchange of ideas aiming to propel innovation, creativity and disruptive advancements in this rapidly growing field.  The conference will be organised in morning and afternoon sessions with two parallel tracks.

The first and half of the second day of this Specialty Conference will include presentations by well-renowned international keynote speakers which will provide an overview of the latest developments in key desalination industry topic areas, of recent scientific and technology breakthroughs, and of new trends aiming at breaking the cost and energy barriers of desalination.  

The afternoon of the second day of the conference will include a visit to SWCC desalination and technology demonstration facilities showcasing a number of innovative technologies of the DTRI of SWCC that were recently developed inhouse or created in partnership with key industry partners such as Hydranautics, FEDCO, Toyobo, Waterise, Fluid Technology Solutions, ERI, Pacifica Water Systems, and the University of California Los Angeles. 

Some of the new technologies that will be demonstrated for the first time in public during the site visit include: full-scale underwater desalination unit operating on seawater column pressure; energy recovery system with efficiency of over 98.5% with design that eliminates the need for brine booster pump; SWRO membranes with rejection of 99.93% and superior productivity which contain chemically induced nano-structures; membranes that achieve salinity of 250 ppt in two-stage low pressure brine concentration system; clean-in-place system (CIP) for cartridge filters, and a number of other inventions. 

The conference will have four types of sponsors – Platinum – US$100,000; Gold – US$50,000; Silver – US$25,000; Bronze – US$10,000. 

The Call for Extended Abstracts is now open and submission under the following topics are welcome:

•    Innovative Technologies for Breaking the Cost and Energy Barriers of Desalination

•    Advances in Membrane Science and Technology

•    Latest Developments in High Recovery Desalination 

•    Renewable Energy Driven Desalination Systems

•    Latest Generation Energy Recovery Equipment and Systems

•    Novelties in Seawater Pretreatment and Post-treatment

•    Brine Concentrate Management, Ocean Mining and ZLD Innovations

•    Out-of-the-Box Emerging Desalination Technologies 

•    Digitalisation of Desalination

•    Road-mapping of the Future of Desalination Technology

Shortlisted authors will be notified by June 15, 2021 with full papers due by August 15, 2021. Final ppt presentations are due by September 10, 2021.