Please note: this webinar is at 5:30 pm Indian time. While designed for audiences in India, all attendees are welcome.
There are more than 20,000 desalination plants operating across more than 150 countries in the world that generates fresh water for human consumption, agricultural and industrial uses from sea water. The cost of desalination has been dropping as well as the energy usage has been decreasing with advances in technology. Therefore, desalination is considered to be an option in water stressed regions of the world. The desalination of water is achieved through multiple technologies. The most common methods are ion exchange and membrane processes such as electro dialysis reversal (EDR); reverse osmosis (RO) and Nano-filtration (NF). This webinar will discuss the current trends in desalination; importance of pre-treatment prior to EDR, RO or NF and designing low energy RO systems.
- Current trends in Desalination
- Desalination market opportunities in India
- Importance of pretreatment
- Design on low energy RO systems for desalination
Welcome and Introduction – Nilaksh Kothari, Managing Director of AWWAIndia, Executive Member of International Council, AWWA, Past President, the Board of Directors, AWWA, Past CEO of Manitowoc Public Utilities (MPU), USA.
Current Trends in Desalination - Dr. Srinivas (Vasu) Veerapaneni, Global Technology Practice Leader, Black & Veatch
Design and operation for Low energy SWRO desalination - Mr. Ravi Chidambaran, COO and Executive VP, Aquatech
Tampa Bay Water Desalter: Lessons Learned - Ms. Christine Owen, Director of Water and Reuse Innovations, Hazen and Sawyer
Opportunities in Desalination and Water Markets in India - Mr. K. Ashok Natarajan, Founder, Steady-Taps Consulting OPC Pvt. Ltd, India
Panel Discussion with Q&A – Moderated by Dr. Srinivas (Vasu) Veerapaneni
Learn from this webinar's esteemed presenters:
Mr. Nilaksh Kothari; Managing Director; AWWAIndia
Mr. Kothari has more than 30 years of experience in the utility sector. MPU is a municipally owned electric; water and wastewater Utilities in the State of Wisconsin, U.S. with total annual revenues of $70 million and assets of over $250 million. The utility serves both retail and wholesale water and electric customers. Mr. Kothari is past president of American Water Works Association (AWWA) and past Board member of American Public Power Association.
Dr. Srinivas (Vasu) Veerapaneni; Global Technology Practice Leader; Black & Veatch
Dr. Srinivas (Vasu) Veerapaneni works as Global Practice Technology Leader in Desal and Reuse. He has 27 years of experience in advanced treatment processes for desalination, reuse, membrane separation, emerging technologies and concentrate treatment. He has authored over 70 technical papers and conference proceedings. He is past Chair of American Water Works Association Desalting Committee, and invited speaker on desalination and reuse at various venues including International Desalination Association; Public Utilities Board, Singapore; Multi State Salinity Summit; Water Corporation, Australia; and many universities. He has also conducted applied research projects involving desalination and concentrate treatment.
Mr. K. Ashok Natarajan; Founder; Steady-Taps Consulting OPC Pvt. Ltd, India
Ashok retired as CEO of Tamil Nadu water investment company and during his tenure was instrumental in diversifying the company into desalination and was involved in the feasibility of all the SWRO/ BWRO projects in Tamil Nadu and Gujarat States the last 5 years. He founded Steady-Taps consulting to advise clients in the areas of Energy – water nexus, smart technology applications and transaction advice.
Mr. Ravi Chidambaran; COO and Executive VP; Aquatech
Ravi has been with Aquatech for over 20 years in different leadership roles including Engineering, Technology, Innovation, Operations and Strategic Planning. He currently serves as Aquatech’s Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President and oversees technology and innovation as a part of his responsibility. He has been extensively involved in developing and internalizing key technologies for Aquatech and its membrane technology division QUA.
Ms. Christine Owen; Director of Water and Reuse Innovations; Hazen and Sawyer
Chris is the Director of Water and Reuse Innovations for Hazen and Sawyer. She has 31 years of experience in water quality, research, treatment and regulatory compliance. Her utility roles have included regulatory compliance, research, laboratory management, source water assessment and protection, and distribution system issues. Research work included investigations of UF/MF/RO membranes, online monitoring, total coliform occurrence, enhanced coagulation, biofiltration, distribution system, corrosion, biostability, ion exchange, chloramine chemistry and stability, contaminants of emerging concern, and algal toxins. She is active in regulatory issues at the state and federal levels, promoting utility concerns and science-based decisions. She served on the USEPA SAB for Drinking Water and the USEPA NACEPT and was recognized as the 2017 AMTA and AWWA Water Quality Person of the Year. She is an active member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), serving as a Trustee and the current Chair of the Water Science and Research Division. She is also an advisor and Trustee for WateReuse FL and the Immediate Past President of the Board of Directors for the American Membrane Technology Association.
PLEASE NOTE start time: 5:30 p.m. Indian time (6:00 a.m. Mountain / 8:00 a.m. Eastern) on Tuesday, July 20.
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