The Global Prize in Desalination 2023

The inaugural GPID – Global Prize Innovation in Desalination has made a groundbreaking impact, featuring over 500 researchers and start-ups from 22 countries, and receiving 100+ applications.

Highlighting 49 innovative start-ups, 36 research institutes, and 4 industry associations, the event culminated in 32 shortlisted applications, 3 special mentions, 6 impact category winners, and one grand prize winner. This event marks a significant leap in sustainable water solutions and desalination technology.

The awarded innovations were recognized as exemplifying achievements that benefit humanity and reflect SWCC's vision of conforming to international standards and innovative technology.

People

Researchers, start-ups, research centers, corporate R&Ds, universities

500+
Applications

from projects around the world

100+
Shortlisted

each accompanied by a detailed overview

32
Steps

Global roadshow (Riyadh, Madrid/Alicante, Rome, Berlin, Cyprus, Sao Paulo, Granada)

7
Winners

selected from among GPID participants

7
Organizations

Start-ups, research institutes, industry associations

89
Countries

participating in the Global Prize Innovation in Desalination

22
Special Mentions

recognized in unique categories

3

His Excellency Engineer Abdulrahman Abdulmohsen AlFadley, the Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture of Saudi Arabia, bestowed honors upon the recipients of the prestigious Global Prize for Innovation in Desalination on Saturday. Among these distinguished individuals, Syed Shah from Aqua Membranes, USA, was awarded the grand prize for his groundbreaking project entitled "Revolutionizing Reverse Osmosis through 3-D Printed Spacers."

The GPID awards were presented in the presence of H.E. Eng. Abdulrahman Al-Fadhli, Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture of Saudi Arabia (MEWA) and H.E. Eng. Abdullah Ibrahim Al Abdulkarim, Governor of the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) at Innovation Drive Desalination event (Three days of insights, presentations, and networking to advance water solutions), in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

  • The Grand Prize Winner is Aqua Membranes (USA) and the applicant is Ben Shultz.
  • The most promising technology in increasing Green Field Accessibility is Mega Vessels Water (USA) and the applicant is Hany Said.
  • The most promising technology in increasing Brown Field Accessibility is Active Membranes (USA) and the applicant is Arian Edalat.
  • The most promising technology in reducing Energy Consumption while promoting Decarbonization is Energy Recovery (USA) and the applicant is Amy Davis.
  • The most promising technology in reducing Chemical & Consumables is Harmony Desalting (USA) and the applicant is Quantum Wei.
  • The most promising technology in promoting applications of desalination that go Beyond Water is the Institute on Membrane Technology, National Research Council (Italy) and the applicant is Alberto Figoli.
  • The most promising technology in reducing Environmental Impact is Desolenator (Netherlands) and the applicant is William Janssen.

In 2023, the GPID has also awarded some personalities in the desalination world with special mentions for their extraordinary impacts resulting from regulatory changes (policy makers):

  • George Brik, CEO & Co-Founder, HydroVolta
  • Alejandro Sturniolo, Vice President of Marketing and Sustainability, H2O Innovation
  • Domingo Zarzo, Innovation and Strategic Projects Manager, Sacyr Water

The winners of the Global Prize Innovation in Desalination (GPID) have been selected among the most important research centers, the most promising start-ups, and some research centers of large multinational companies with the help of a high-level International Jury.

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