Desalination Talks in China

Desalination Talks in ChinaDesalination Talks in China

An International Expert Meeting and Workshop/Exhibition on Desalination Technologies will be held in Tianjin, China on May 5 – 10, according to a press statement by the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), which will also attend the meeting.

The event is organized by Tianjin-based Institute of Seawater Desalination and Multipurpose Utilization, SOA; and in cooperation with IORA - Regional Center for Science & Technology Transfer (IORA RCSTT).

To unravel the global water scarcity problem, water desalination is becoming an attractive method to produce water from saline water sources. Around coastal region, where seawater and brackish water resources are plentiful, large and semi-large desalination plants are desirable.

Few countries in the world have exploited various desalination technologies including thermal, membrane and hybrid systems. It is almost impossible to pay high costs for these technologies by many developing countries whose priority is poverty alleviation. Therefore, there is an urgent need for finding economical large, medium and small scale desalination plants for developing countries.

The regional expert meeting/workshop is organized to address the matter. The program would bring the participants around a table for joint collaboration in developing technology, and technology transfer for opening-up business development among the regional nations.

Researchers and representatives from 14 countries will participate in the event. They gather up from Australia, Tanzania, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Thailand, Kenya, Yemen, Iran, Malaysia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Seychelles, and South Africa. With 85 registered applicants has, Iran has the highest number of applicants among the countries for the meeting, IRNA reported.

Iranian researchers hail from the ministry of energy, Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology, Iranian Presidential Center for Innovation and Technology Cooperation, Department of Environment (DoE), Tarbiat Modares University, and Research Institute of Petroleum Industry, among others.

Up until now, 24 Iranian researchers from the public and private sectors have been invited to attend the event.