Innovative Water Solutions for Sustainable Development

Featuring Abengoa, an international company known for providing innovative technology solutions that aid in sustainable development in the water sector.


It’s the start of a brand new month and as we look forward to the challenges waiting ahead of us, we have to remain confident in how our profession can find ways to provide the best solutions to every problem. For engineers in the water industry, we cannot ignore the urgency to  come up with better innovative ways to deliver clean water to the faucets of every person in the comfort of their homes. What may seem as a resource most people take for granted, every engineer who is working in this industry knows how important it is to develop and further improve technologies we use for clean water access.

In this month’s cover story, we are featuring Abengoa, an international company known for providing innovative technology solutions that aid in sustainable development in the energy and water sectors. For more than 70 years, this company has provided “integral solutions for industrial clients and public institutions in the areas of desalination, water treatment and hydraulic infrastructures”. Learn more about Abengoa’s current projects that focus on the water industry and how they are maintaining a good track record among its clients around the world.

We are also giving you special stories on today’s latest technologies. What are engineers up to today? What concerns are there that affect this industry? You may find interesting inventions such as a water bath that has a Wi-Fi feature or a toilet water reducer. Keep yourself updated on today’s soaring water demands in the Middle East and read a special article about the higher bathing water quality standards in the cities of Europe.

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And of course, just like every other issue of GineersNow, we have prepared special leadership articles that can help you boost your career and improve your work ethic. Find out if you’re too smart for your current job. If you’re feeling dull, we have provided easy tips that can aid you in sharpening your mind. Most importantly, we have a special feature discussing the importance on why you should never end up as the arrogant engineer at work. Do you want to know why? Scroll through the pages to find out.

So sit back and learn something new in this industry today. Keep up with the latest trends on the Water Industry with GineersNow: Water Leaders. 

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  1. An excellent company and genuinely professional organization.

    Abengoa has helped the Middle East’s water sector to be more efficient and sustainable.

    Michael Nates
    Executive Director: Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability & HSE
    ACWA Power

  2. Through the years, we have seen water filtration technology evolve from the simple cloth sieving to today’s acoustics and nanotube technology.

    Mahmoud Khamiss
    Key Account Manager, Saudi Arabia
    GE Water & Process Technologies Co

  3. Nanofiltration technology sounds like a rocket science project to ordinary people but simply put it this way… it kills bacteria and breaks down organic compounds using the ultraviolet rays or more commonly known to us as, the sun.

    Dr. Mirka Wilderer
    Vice President & General Manager
    Evoqua Water Technologies
    Marketing Director, Municipal Water and Wastewater
    Evoqua Water Technologies

  4. Waterborne diseases are currently the second leading cause of death in children under 5 years of age. In response to these statistics various organizations have begun to provide free water sanitation products in underdeveloped areas where these diseases are most prevalent. Join us!

    Kendell Cobb
    Board Director
    LifeStraw NOW!

  5. Did you know that NASA’s Johnson Space Center developed the acoustics nanotube technology to kill contaminants in water to make it a potable water. They contributed to water purification technologies. You should write this story in your magazine.

    Tamer Abu Zaid
    Project Manager
    Saraya Aqaba Project Joint Venture ( CCC-ATC-DSC )

  6. There are a variety of processes that can be used to clean up wastewaters depending on the type and extent of contamination. Most wastewater is treated in industrial-scale wastewater treatment plants.

    Stoney Courville
    Managing Partner
    Wastewater Specialties

  7. High operation and maintenance requirements, including production of large volumes of sludge (solid waste material), make them economically not viable for many regions.

    David Normington
    Director, Product Management, EMEA+, Municipal & Industrial
    Kemira

  8. Aquaporins membranes which replicate the way nature removes salt from water, for example in the kidneys or in mangroves. They could dramatically reduce the energy needed in desalination.

    Jose Abdón Ordoñez
    Project Engineer
    MARTIN Membrane Systems AG

  9. Pure water is not just essential to public health but also to energy and agricultural production.

    Walter Malacrida
    Project Engineer
    MEMBRANE

  10. The Aquaporin filters are already delivering an energy-saving technique for purifying water into the ultra pure state for industrial applications.

    Tzu-Lung Lin
    General Manager / Owner
    Avanti Membrane Technology, Inc., California

  11. A better way and sustainable method in wastewater is to deploy a microorganism that will eat water pollutants.
    Noblegen Inc. is a research & development company founded in Peterborough, Ontario in September of 2013 under the leadership of Adam Noble and Dr. Andressa Lacerda. Based upon the transformative approach to wastewater treatment through the use of a unique microorganisms in Adam’s high school science fair project, the company began with a focus in wastewater treatment, but has since shifted. Through the use of many research partnerships, the company has developed a method to utilize microorganisms to process cost effective inputs into high value outputs. The company aims to address global sustainability issues with our specialty bio-materials, bio-ingredients and bio-chemicals for applications from nutraceuticals to wastewater treatment and eventually pharmaceuticals.

    Adam J. Noble
    Founder & CEO
    Noblegen

  12. Water and sewerage companies across the world are coming under pressure to do more with less, putting operational efficiency measures to the top of their agenda. This also opens up new opportunities for businesses with a focus on providing solutions for more efficient or sustainable water provision or use.

    James Babb
    Partner – Clients and Industries Leader
    Deloitte Middle East

  13. As the impact of climate change and pollution on hydrological cycles becomes better understood, a number of countries may look to tighten water regulatory standards on the provision of water and sewerage services.

    Scott Wallace
    Founding Member
    Global Wetland Technology

  14. Every plant will need to review all the new technologies available and evaluate based on their situation.

    Majd Hamdallah
    Director
    GE Water & Process Technologies – Middle East & Pakistan

  15. Lack of fresh water reduces economic development and reduces living standards.

    Hazem Nu’man
    General Manager
    Passavant Energy & Environment GmbH

  16. I should commend your social media team. This magazine has been posted all over Linkedin groups. How does it work?
    Good article about water technologies.

    Gianmarco Massolari
    Head of Marketing
    G.B.M. Building Equipment®

  17. From harvesting energy from biosolids to using recently discovered bacteria in order to more efficiently remove nitrogen from waste, the latest generation of wastewater innovations has the potential to change the way we manage, pay for and profit from wastewater treatment.

    Lenny B. Conil
    Vice President Research & Innovation – Asia
    Veolia

  18. Solar dryers are fully automated to feed, move, and discharge biosolids cost-effectively.

    Peter Brechtelsbauer
    Managing Director
    Huber Technology

  19. Packaged Wastewater Treatment Plants offer many advantages, flexibility notwithstanding.

    Ryan Spanton
    Municipal Sales Manager
    WesTech Engineering

  20. Utilities may miss out on significant opportunities for improved operations or cost savings, and it makes it very hard for new tech companies to make it to market.

    Jeff Moeller
    Technology Director
    Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF)

  21. Wastewater from dairy applications has high amounts of calcium and phosphorus. This characteristic may cause scaling on the media of a Moving Bed Biofilm Reactor and may cause poor COD removal.

    Veolia was able to retrofit the client’s existing MBBR with the newly designed Z-MBBR media by AnoxKaldnes, which improved the operation of the entire wastewater system.

    Duyck Laurence

    Open innovation program director
    Veolia

  22. Water and wastewater industry is continuously updating its technologies as new innovations are discovered.

    Radia Boussalia
    Group Communication Manager at Green Coast Enterprises

  23. Water recycling, also known as reuse or reclamation, is not new; nonpotable water recycling systems have been in place for decades.

    Sreekumar K.R.
    CEO
    Green Water Treatment Solutions

  24. The wastewater industry was once thought of as a problem that needed solving, but these days, wastewater is treated as a resource to exploit for good, via harnessing its energy.

    Dilip Tanpure
    Manager-Wastewater Treatment Division
    WATERBIRD WATER TREATMENT – DUBAI

  25. Today, due mainly to increasing drought conditions and groundwater depletion, nonpotable uses are expanding.

    Ramashankar(Rama) Jagwani
    General Manager
    PROJECX

  26. New wastewater technologies have a focus on integrating with other local services, such as organics composting and energy, while lowering the costs of wastewater treatment through reuse, minimizing pollution of the environment.

    Joy Vazhappilly
    General Manager
    Water Engineering Technologies FZC

  27. Potable reuse systems require a high degree of treatment, and nonpotable systems require a separate piping system to distribute the water, which can add up to as much as, or more than, potable treatment.

    Juliya Ostroushko
    WATER PROCESS ENGINEER
    WTC

  28. Microbial fuel cells represent a new technology that allows the production of energy from organic matter to treat the wastewater while harvesting its energy.

    Joaquín Suescun
    Director de Contratos Transversales
    SUEZ Advanced Solutions España

  29. It is true, desalination allows us to tap non-traditional water resources with great potential to provide a sustainable, drought-proof water supply.

    Haytham Ahmed
    Engineering Manager, Water Desalination
    Fluid Equipment Development Company

  30. Definitely true, technologies across have brought large-scale improvements to the water desalination industry.

    Abdulhameed M. Ibrahim
    Senior Manager shift in charge Power and Desalination operations
    Emirates Global Aluminium (“EGA”)

  31. It remain to be proven when process efficiencies have improved and costs have come down, with the energy consumption of seawater RO. For now, they are all theories.

    Vagelis Mavridis
    Desalination Plant Manager
    Haji Abdullah Alireza & Co. Ltd.

  32. It is what it is. Let’s not over complicate things. The sea is the unlimited source from which we can create new fresh water through desalination.

    Shafique Mirza
    Senior Manager – Generation and Desalination Planning
    Dubai Electricity And Water Authority (DEWA)

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    Abdulla Al-Mahmoud
    Head of Maintenance ( Ras Laffan Industrial City)
    Qatar Petroleum

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