The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) have launched an international competition that challenges academics, scientists, engineers, and the water industry to come up with new solutions to manage the disposal of brine as a waste product of water desalination in an effort to address one of the world’s great environmental challenges.
”Desalination is an extraordinary technology that has brought potable water to millions and helped advance regions that were previously dry. However, the waste product of desalination is brine, and there is no adequate solution available to minimise its impact on the environment,” said John Pagano, CEO of TRSDC.
“TRSDC has pledged to help create technological solutions to environmental problems. The launch of the Brains for Brine Challenge is an example of our determination to set a new standard in sustainable development.”
Applicants have until 1st August, 2019 to submit their proposals. Five winners of the competition will present their solutions at Amsterdam International Water Week, where up to three prize winners will be eligible for a first prize of $10,000 each. As a longer-term plan, there is the potential for the winners to be supported through angel-investment and other mentoring opportunities to ensure the solutions have as much chance as possible to succeed.