Qatar Electricity and Water Company (QEWC), and Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (Qeeri), part of Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), have signed a 20-year research collaboration agreement to address the country’s water security grand challenge as mentioned in the Qatar National Vision 2030 mandate.

The agreement, signed by QEWC general manager and managing director Fahad Hamad al-Mohannadi, and Qeeri executive director Dr Marc Vermeersch, will enable QEWC to leverage its scientific and technical expertise, and will see the construction of a pilot plant for desalination technology development (thermal and membrane). 

This will be launched with a specific focus on advanced multi-effect distillation (MED) technology for seawater desalination.

The MED pilot plant will enable the development of a new concept that would reduce energy consumption and improve energy efficiency of MED technology.