Leading Experts from Academia, Industry and Operators Gather to Present the Latest Advances in Membrane Technologies for Produced Water Treatment and Desalination


MEDRC Water Research organized a technical workshop on “Latest Water Treatment Technologies: Improvements in Membrane Elements” at its headquarters last January 17th. Three distinguished speakers joined us from Belgium, Singapore and Cyprus for presentations on the following topics:

1. “Produced Water Treatment by Membranes”, Ms. Inge Genné, Leader of Water4Nanotechnologies working group at the European platform WssTP and project manager at VITO

2. “Use of the Next Generation of Membranes in Desalination by Forward Osmosis FO/ Reverse Osmosis RO and Wastewater Treatment”, Mr. Mark Perry, VP of BD & Sales, Aquaporin Asia Pte. Ltd.

3. “Pretreatment Cartridges & Filters and how they increase the Membranes lifetime with case studies from Dhekelia Desalination Plant in Cyprus”, Ms. Olga Sallangos, Plant Manager

The workshop helped highlight how the development of synthetic membranes has helped in solving many problems related to water demand and water disposal. But it’s not only in desalination where membrane-based technology is applied. Wastewater reclamation; water purification for food manufacturing; and increasingly, energy generation also require highly efficient and durable membranes.

Membrane technologies represent a major market in water and wastewater, for both municipal and industrial sectors, worth US $3.9 billion in 2015 and expected to reach US $5.0 billion in 2019, according to GWI. On the other hand, better understanding of the complex interactions at the produced water/membrane interface is essential to achieve more efficient applications to treat water.

Membranes are going to play an increasingly important role in desalination and wastewater treatment. Challenges on membrane systems were discussed and solutions for those challenges were presented.

The participants got the opportunity at the end of the workshop to visit MEDRC facilities (MEDRC RO Pilot Plant, laboratory, evaporation ponds, Falaj System, solar panels, etc.)