Past Events

Date & Time (KSA)
27th September, 17:00 - 18:30

The New Future of Water: How NEOM can change the water industry

It is time to change the game for the water sector. We know that our current approach is no longer sustainable with the Earth’s limited resources and will lead to shortages, and conflict, in the future. 

We have an opportunity to turn this negative into a positive through the introduction of a new model that builds a sustainable future for all. We can do this by minimizing water costs, eradicating waste and preventing pollution. This means recycling 100% of wastewater, a net-zero footprint, renewable energy and sea-water mining. For water must stay where it belongs – in the wild.

That is the scale of NEOM’s ambition. And in Saudi Arabia on September 27th, we will launch our vision to change the future of water – during an online symposium hosted by the GWI Network.

Just imagine if the old rules and legacy systems no longer applied. That will be the discussion taking place during the event. We will consider a post-carbon future and ask questions such as:  

  • How would you design water systems, if energy was an unlimited resource?
  • What if we could find all the materials needed for modern life washing up on our shores?
  • What if there really was no waste and everything we did contributed to a better world?

The symposium will bring together the leading thinkers involved in water, energy and mineral resources from around the world to discuss new thinking and solutions. Register your interest to be the first to find out more about this meeting.

Main Strand

Desalination & Reuse

Related Strands

Chief Technology Officer

Strand Partner

Meeting format

Fishbowl discussion

Key Meeting Participants

  • Gavin Van Tonder, Water Sector Head, NEOM
  • Christopher Gasson, Publisher, Global Water Intelligence

 

Date & Time (GMT)
19th October, 16:00 - 18:00

Water Tech Idol 2020

What are the big ideas that have the potential to change the face of desalination and water reuse? Picking winners at an early stage is extremely difficult but Tech Idol has a remarkable success rate, highlighting the potential of breakthrough technologies such as NanoH2O, Voltea and Gradiant, well before the rest of the market had twigged to their advantages. 

On November 19th we brought together five of the hottest ideas in desalination and water reuse, and pitched them against each other in front of our lethal judging panel to help uncover the game changer.

Water Technology Idol 2020 - Winner

The Barrel SWRO, presented by Jean-Baptiste Thubert, Technical Director, SIDEM-VEOLIA

A plug-and-play approach to seawater RO, which uses a large-diameter carbon steel vessel that is factory assembled and may contain over 200 RO membrane elements, each of which is equipped with a digital sensor to enable operator monitoring. The arrangement allows for outdoor operation and a reduction in plant footprint.

Watch the pitch video.

Water Technology Idol 2020 - Distinction

Desal Software-as-a-Service, presented by Mike Dixon, CEO, Synauta

A secure, easy-to-deploy machine learning software package that yields desal plant energy savings. Using algorithms tailored to best predict efficiencies for a given plant, Synauta collaborates with operators to collect the correct data, and deliver a process equipment and instrumentation analysis. Plant flows are manipulated to ensure performance goals are met at a minimum energy input. Following an assessment phase, operators control inputs, and software is integrated with the plant SCADA system.

Watch the pitch video.

Water Technology Idol 2020 - People's Choice
Voted for by attendees during the live session.

The Barrel SWRO, presented by Jean-Baptiste Thubert, Technical Director, SIDEM-VEOLIA

A plug-and-play approach to seawater RO, which uses a large-diameter carbon steel vessel that is factory assembled and may contain over 200 RO membrane elements, each of which is equipped with a digital sensor to enable operator monitoring. The arrangement allows for outdoor operation and a reduction in plant footprint.

Watch the pitch video.

Main Strand

Desalination & Reuse

Strand Partner

Meeting format

Technology pitches

Key Meeting Participants

  • King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
  • Northumbria University, UK
  • Solar Water
  • VEOLIA SIDEM
  • Synauta

 

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