International Desalination Association Conference Focuses on Enhancing Energy Efficiency and Reducing Cost of Seawater Desalination; Announces Plans for Global Task Force

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Experts from around the world will gather in Huntington Beach, California this November at a conference organized by the International Desalination Association (IDA) aimed at presenting strategies for enhancing energy efficiency in seawater desalination. Scheduled for November 2-3, the event will also serve as an exploratory meeting for a global task force to be established by IDA with a mission of ongoing exploration and advancement of strategies to reduce energy consumption in desalination. Globally, the use of desalination is expected to double by 2016, with seawater desalination leading the way. IDA also released an updated list of speakers for the conference.

The International Desalination Association (IDA) will convene experts from around the world at a conference devoted exclusively to strategies for enhancing energy efficiency in seawater desalination. "Desalination: An Energy Solution" takes place November 2-3, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa, Huntington, Beach, California, USA.

This two-day technology transfer conference addresses the ongoing quest for increasing energy efficiency in desalination, a prime focus for the desalination industry. The event will also serve as an exploratory meeting for a global task force to be organized by IDA with the mission of ongoing exploration and advancement of strategies to further reduce energy requirements and cost of desalination.

"Lowering energy requirements is particularly important as the use of desalination around the world continues its dynamic growth. In fact, projections indicate that the global desalination market will double by 2016, with much of this growth driven by seawater desalination. While the industry has already done much to reduce energy consumption, the mission to further increase efficiency is an ongoing and dedicated endeavor," said Patricia A. Burke, Secretary General of the International Desalination Association.

The conference program will explore the actual energy requirements of state-of-the-art seawater desalination technology as well as innovations designed to enhance energy efficiency and lower operating costs. Sessions will cover both membrane and thermal processes and will examine the future direction of energy recovery technology, osmotic power, solar desalination systems, and the potential of membranes to produce energy. The program also features exclusive reports on Perth, Australia's SWRO systems and the Ashkelon (Israel) SWRO system.

The program will conclude with a panel discussion on emerging technologies that can further reduce energy consumption and lower costs in the future.

"In the last decade, huge seawater desalination plants have been built around the world in places like Australia, Singapore, China, Algeria, Chile, India and Israel, in addition to traditional markets in the Middle East and islands of the Mediterranean and Caribbean. The rise in the use of seawater desalination can be traced directly back to technological developments that have helped reduce energy consumption and costs, and new technologies offer opportunities for further improvements," said Randy Truby, Conference Co-Chair.

IDA has updated the list of experts from around the world who will lead in-depth discussions on these topics. Confirmed speakers include:

  •     Mr. Leon Awerbuch, President and CTO, Leading Edge Technologies Ltd., USA
  •     Dr. James Birkett, CEO, West Neck Strategies, USA
  •     Dr. Roberto Borsani, Process & Development Manager, FISIA Italimpianti S.p.A., Italy
  •     Dr. Robert Burk, Chief Scientific Officer, NanoH2O, Inc., USA
  •     Mr. Gerard Canton, Deputy Managing Director, SIDEM, France
  •     Mr. Paul Choules, VP of Desalination and Reuse, Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies, USA
  •     Mr. Gary Crisp, Chief Technical Officer, GHD Pty Ltd., Australia
  •     Mr. Charles Desportes, Director of Thermal Desalination, Aquatech International, USA
  •     Mr. Foo Hee Kiang, Group Executive VP, Hyflux, Singapore
  •     Dr. Boris S. Liberman, CTO, IDE Technologies Ltd., Israel
  •     Prof. John H. Lienhard V, Director, Center for Clean Water and Clean Energy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  •     Mr. Fredi Lokiec, EVP Special Projects, IDE Technologies Ltd., Israel
  •     Mr. Claus Mertes, General Manager, DME, Germany
  •     Mr. Stein Erik Skilhagen, Head of Osmotic Power, Statkraft AS, Norway
  •     Dr. Rick Stover, Vice President of Engineering, Oasys Water, Inc., USA
  •     Mr. John Tonner, President, Water Consultants International, USA
  •     Mr. Randy Truby, Chairman Global Marketing and Sales, TORAY Membranes USA
  •     Mr. Nikolay Voutchkov, President, Water Globe Consulting, LLC, USA

Organized by IDA, the conference is being supported by the American Membrane Technology Association (AMTA), one of IDA's regional affiliate organizations.

IDA is offering early registration discounts through October 8 and will waive the registration fee for a limited number of utilities. For more information or to register online, visit

About IDA
The International Desalination Association ( is a non-profit association that serves more than 2,400 core members in 60 countries and reaches an additional 4,000 affiliate members. Its membership comprises scientists, end-users, engineers, consultants and researchers from governments, corporations and academia. IDA is associated with the United Nations as part of a growing international network of non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

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