Since many years mankind is facing the problem of water scarcity all over the world. Since many years the industry is looking for appropriate solutions.

Appropriate solution means a tailor-made solution for a particular situation. Desalination markets exist in many regions of the world: the Middle East, Africa, the Caribbean and even Europe people in these countries and on these continents are suffering from water scarcity. But even if these areas face the same problem, the conditions are always different. The infrastructural as well as environmental conditions change from country to country. For this reason it is important to know the various local conditions in order to offer the right technical solution.

In the frame of the Saudi Water and Power Forum (SWPF) which will take place from December 1st to 3rd, 2013 in the Hotel Hilton in Jeddah DME becomes an official content partner and "Key Solutions for Key in Markets" in Jeddah.

Experts of the desalination industry give an overview about the different desalination markets. They talk about their experiences in the Middle East and Africa, about parameters like energy supply, costs and environmental conditions etc. which have to be taken into consideration in order clients demands.

During the last years the combination of desali-nation and renewable energies became more and more important. Various systems have been de-veloped and are in duty nowadays.

Such systems show their advantage in saving transport and distribution networks especially in decentralized implementations.

Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) – save Environment and produce crude Materials! ZLD is a more and more important key word in desalination and a new means to help not only to save resources but to produce and to recover crude materials.How does it work? By applying the ZLD process the huge quantity of fresh water needed in desali-nation plants will be reduced and proportionally will be the brine. During the desalination pro-cess, seawater will be concentrated as long as there is salty mud left only.Briefly speaking: ZLD helps to protect the environment and to save resources and costs and beside this crude mate-rials may be produced!This seminar conveys basic know-how in physics and its limitations with regard to ZLD. It shows the concept of ZLD, the already existing state-of-the-art technology as well as research programs, supported by experience reports of renowned companies.

The energy consumption of desalination plants   in general is very high and therefore energy is one of the biggest cost factor in desalination plants. How can such costs be reduced?

The key word is “Energy Recovery - Energy Saving”!    

Energy Recovery is used in RO plants as well as in thermal plants.  During the last years systems of energy recovery have been modernised. The latest developments include the use of new and alternative materials as well as new technologies of pumps, valves and steering components.

This seminar gives an overview about the today’s commercially available Energy Recovery Systems. The latest innovations will be presented, apt for various plant sizes.


Since the first RO plant has been erected the development of membranes has continuously proceeded further. The quality of membranes has been improved and the membrane technology diversified. Nowadays Micro-, Nano-, Ultrafiltration and Reverse Osmosis are as common and Mem-brane Distillation is on its way to fill the gab of thermal and membrane processes.
Material flow treatment and the production of raw material out of sea- or brackish water can be implemented by means of membranes.
The DME Seminar S-005-2013 Membranes used in Desalination Plants gives a compact vendor’s over-view about the existing membranes for mem-brane plants as well as about membrane distilla-tion and the different fields of application in Eu-rope and the Arabian countries. Latest R&D de-velopments will be presented.