Meeting Information

Date & Time (PST)
9th December 2021, 07:30 - 09:00

Digital Desalination: embracing digital tools for design, commissioning and optimization

Despite the fact that seawater desalination may be the most complex water treatment technology, the industry has been surprisingly slow to embrace the new and innovative digital monitoring and control solutions now available. However, the recent growth of seawater RO – particularly as the Middle East transitions from thermal to membrane technologies – has led to an increased interest in performance optimization tools within mega-plants, to ensure competitive water tariffs.

A growing number of plants are employing machine learning, artificial intelligence and digital technologies in order to monitor plant performance and respond to changing feedwater quality. These technologies have already started to demonstrate their ability to optimize energy and chemical consumption to reduce OPEX, while new design software and digital twinning are facilitating commissioning and improving plant safety. In this meeting, the GWI Network will explore the different digital opportunities in seawater desalination, bringing together those working on plant design, commissioning and security, plant performance optimization, and predictive maintenance.

Get acquainted with the panel participants, following the link below to watch a series of short company introduction videos. These will be the starting point for our practical, solutions focused series of panel discussions, in which Tom Pankratz will act as moderator, highlighting similarities, bearing differences, and challenging assumptions regarding the implementation of digital solutions in the desalination industry. Click here to navigate to the company introduction videos

How to register

Attendance at this meeting is exclusively available to GWI Network members.

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7:30 - 7:35

Meeting Introduction and Opening Remarks, with Editor of the Water Desalination Report, Tom Pankratz

7:35 - 8:10

Panel 1: Design and Commissioning
- Julio de la Rosa, Middle East Development Director, Acciona
- Alfonso Rodriguez, VP Process Automation – Middle East, Schneider Electric
- Subir Bhattacharjee, CEO, IntelliFLUX Control
- Thomas Altmann, EVP Innovation & New Technology, ACWA Power
- Paul Conroy, Manager of Business Development in the Water Industry, Siemens AG
- Eli Oklejas, President, FEDCO

8:10 - 8:45

Panel 2: Operations and Optimisation
- Devesh Bharadwaj, CEO, Pani Energy
- Mike Dixon, CEO, Synauta
- Thomas Altmann, EVP Innovation & New Technology, ACWA Power
- Neil Palmer, CTO, Osmoflo
- Cosima Sichel, Manager of Business Development in the Water Industry, Siemens AG
- Eli Oklejas, President, FEDCO

8:45 - 9:00

Open Networking Session

Industry experts will take part in two discussion-based panels, the first highlighting the use of digital tools for plant design & commissioning, followed by another on digital tools for process optimization. Each panel will include audience Q&A, where you can pose your questions to the speakers.

The meeting will end with an open networking session where you have the opportunity to meet and network directly with speakers and other attendees in small groups.

Main Strand

Desalination & Reuse

Related Strands

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Meeting format

Panel & Roundtable Networking



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