The main objective of the Masdar Company’s Renewable Energy Desalination Program in Abu Dhabi is to confirm the viability of large-scale production of desalinated water from a plant fully powered by renewable energy and to demonstrate the potential of using promising innovative desalination technologies to reduce the energy footprint of desalination in the UAE.
The Korea Environment Industry & Technology Institute (KEITI), through its Industrial Facilities & Infrastructure Research Program, is interested in collaborating with the UAE to demonstrate Korean technology in this field (desalination). Under this initiative, this research project was initiated between Korea University and Masdar Institute (now part of Khalifa University). The Membrane and Sustainable Desalination Research Group (MSDR), led by Prof. Hassan Arafat of Khalifa University, will be executing this research project from the Masdar Institute side. The collaborative research program has been identified to address the following issues: i) to evaluate the performance of the desalination pilot plant that will be built by a consortium of Korean companies in Abu Dhabi; ii) to support the research at Korea University, in relation to the operation of the above-mentioned pilot plant; and finally, iii) to develop, test, and demonstrate novel pretreatment technologies with high energy efficiency.