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ICTD International Centre for Training and Development

Water Desalination Technologies & New Development

Available dates

Oct 27—31, 2019
5 days
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
USD 3300
USD 660 per day


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About the course

The course introduces key issues related to promoting sustainable desalination operations in today’s desalination industry. The course analyzes developments in the desalination industry using the three elements of sustainability: cost, society, and the environment. The aim of this course is to help the students approach the desalination industry with sustainability in mind. As the desalination industry booms and new desalination-related systems, designs, processes and products are introduced every year, these new developments could best be judged by their sustainability. In this context, the course covers topics such as environmental impacts of desalination processes, understanding water production via desalination within the water-energy-cost nexus, designing safe and sustainable intake and outfall systems for desalination plants, assessing economic feasibility of new desalination processes, evaluation of renewable‐energy‐powered desalination processes, evaluation and applications of novel desalination systems, such as membrane distillation and forward osmosis, recent technological improvements for enhanced desalination processes, and fouling issues in RO membranes. To better convey the course concepts, case studies will be presented.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the delegates will be able to:

  • Apply and gain an in-depth knowledge on the operation, heat balance, performance, optimization, start-up and troubleshooting of MSF and RO water desalination plants
  • Develop a good understanding of thermal and flash desalination, single and multiple effect of evaporation, fouling, scaling and the recent trends desalination
  • Describe the RO membrane desalination processes and the basic principles of MF and UF, including the fouling and cleaning of these systems
  • Develop a good understanding of the basic principles and design of reverse osmosis technology (RO)
  • Discuss fouling, pre and post treatment for RO and NF systems
  • Employ the method of disposal in brackish and SWRO and compare membrane and distillation

Course Outline

Day 1

  • The global water crisis
  • The desalination market
  • Desalination and sustainability

Day 2

  • Fouling in RO plants
  • Safe and sustainable intake and outfall systems
  • Environmental impacts of desalination processes

Day 3

  • Renewable-energy powered desalination
  • Novel desalination technologies: membrane distillation

Day 4

  • Assessing economic feasibility of new desalination processes
  • Recent advances in desalination

Day 5

  • The Singapore experience: NEWater
  • TBD: The Boron issue in desalination

Course Methodology

A variety of methodologies will be used during the course that includes:

  • (30%) Based on Case Studies
  • (30%) Techniques
  • (30%) Role Play
  • (10%) Concepts
  • Pre-test and Post-test
  • Variety of Learning Methods
  • Lectures
  • Case Studies and Self Questionaires
  • Group Work
  • Discussion
  • Presentation

Who should attend

This course is aimed at engineers, scientists and technologists involved in the planning, management and operation of water desalination systems and also for manufacturers, consultants, designers, researchers and water personnel. This course is also suitable for water laboratory staff including lab managers, chemists, scientists, analysts, technologists and other lab technical staff.

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