Almar Water Solutions took part in the Water Innovation Europe 2019 held last Wednesday in the BluePoint Conference Centre of Brussels, in Belgium. The event, with the slogan Water Meets Energy, Energy Meets Water, focused on the water-energy nexus and debated the following aspects:
- What water services can learn from energy services to recognize the value of water for our society and economy.
- The search for interdependencies between water and energy services.
- How to build environments that will promote cross-fertilization in the management of both resources and how water services and energy services can join efforts to achieve a water-smart and energy-smart society.
Carlos Cosín, CEO of Almar Water Solutions, gave a presentation at session 1 entitled “The common challenges for water and energy”, in which he explained how the rise of non-conventional water sources such as desalination and reuse, combined with renewable energy, can cope with the growing demand for water and energy while helping to combat CO2 emissions and climate change. Moreover, Carlos pointed out that the energy consumption of water treatment plants is decreasing due to both the use of renewable energy and to improvements in the treatment technology.
Almar Water Solutions is already working on joint tenders for desalination plants with photovoltaic power plants to endow the water treatment process with clean energy. To do so, it relies on its sister company Fotowatio Renewables Ventures (FRV), a leader in providing integrated solutions for clean, renewable energy worldwide.
With more than 200 participants from across Europe in each edition, the annual WssTP Water Innovation Europe conference has become the most important European event in the water value chain. The event brings together scientists and technology developers, representatives of public and private utility companies, major water users, European authorities, civil society organizations and financial experts.
Due to its knowledge and experience and to driving the use of renewable energy for water treatment to improve the lives of millions of people while protecting the surroundings and the environment, Almar Water Solutions is fast becoming one of the main players in the water sector.
Carlos Cosín, the CEO of Almar Water Solutions, was a one of the speakers at the event “Fair Water: Tackling Global Water Challenges” organized by ICEX Spain Trade and Investments in collaboration with Spain’s Economic and Trade Office in Washington this week. The workshop brought together experts from around the world to debate issues regarding the water-related global challenges, desalination, reuse and sustainable development, water resource management, water sector financing, water in agriculture, advanced technologies and many others that reflect the current water trends.
Carlos Cosín made the keynote speech where he gave his perspective on the real challenges facing the water sector: the lack of education and awareness regarding the use and existing quantity, and the lack of political will to resolve the problems related to water. Other challenges include limited investment in R&D in comparison with other sectors and the consequences of climate change. Later, Carlos gave a presentation on the benefits of desalination and private participation in large-scale water projects, mentioning Algeria and Saudi Arabia as pioneers.
The event was attended by experts from different international organizations such as the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, USaid and the Millennium Challenge Corporation, as well as representatives from the federal, state and local governments, along with the leading Spanish companies in the water sector. The forum served to promote dialogue among the Spanish companies and the different agents related to the water cycle in the United States and around the world, given the global scope of the institutions present at the event.
Almar Water Solutions has offices in Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. So far this year, it has signed three projects in Saudi Arabia, Kenya and Bahrain, making it one of the leading international companies in the water sector. For this reason, the industry counts on the experience of its team to participate in forums of this caliber, which includes the leading companies and organizations in the world.
The international water industry has met this week at the Global Water Summit in the Sofitel Heathrow Hotel, in London. Due to the pressing and growing need for capital to develop water infrastructures, financing and investment were the main themes of this summit.
Almar Water Solutions took part as the official Water Sponsor over the three-day event and Carlos Cosín, the company’s CEO, was member of two panels. The first was a workshop called “Delivering $0.40 Desalination”, with the participation of the CEOs of the leading water sector companies. Carlos made a presentation on improvements in desalination technology and the variation in rates from the 90s to the present day.
To conclude the event, Mr. Cosín was also on the closing session panel on Wednesday afternoon, in which three prestigious experts evaluated the trends and new opportunities facing the sector.
To round off the day, Almar Water Solutions announced the creation of a joint venture with Hassan Allam Utilities (HAU), the public service and investment unit of the leading regional construction and engineering group Hassan Allam Holding (HAH).This new partnership aims to develop BOT and BOO water projects in Egypt.
Almar Water Solutions, which has sponsored this event since its very foundation, has once again played a leading role and consolidated its position as one of the most influential and knowledgeable companies in the development and financing of water projects worldwide.
With the attendance of top managers, international companies and utilities, the Global Water Summit has become a flagship event for the water industry. We would like to congratulate all the companies that were distinguished in the Global Water Awards and to thank them for their contribution to the water industry.
This week, Almar Water Solutions took part in WFES Water, the most important water event in the Middle East, which forms part of the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) within the framework of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. Designed by the world’s most prominent water experts, WFES Water focused on the Water-Energy-Food nexus with the goal of optimizing the efficiency of resources, sustainability and security in arid regions.
Once again this year, Almar Water Solutions participated in two very interesting sessions. The first was titled “Harnessing Renewable Technology to Reduce the Energy Footprint of Water” and it focused on how the revolution of clean and renewable energies, and their impact on the water sector, can help overcome climate change. In this session, Carlos Cosín, CEO of Almar Water Solutions, presented several different success stories and new focuses for increasing the use of renewable energies in advanced water systems.
In the second panel discussion titled “Water financing and the developing world”, Carlos Cosín served as moderator along with the CEO of Aquatech, Devesh Sharma. This second session covered how technology for the common good of the population is being financed and the ease with which money can be redirected to support innovation in the water sector. It also discussed what banks and investors are looking for when it comes to financing a long-term water project.
With the International Desalination Association (IDA) as a Content Partner, at this year’s event, WFES Water presented the latest innovations and technologies that will help resolve the significant challenges of water scarcity in the world and that will make it possible to carry out the Water Security Strategy in the United Arab Emirates.
Almar Water Solutions, which was established by Abdul Latif Jameel in 2016, a great company with diversified businesses with its roots in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey (the MENAT region), currently has offices in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. For this reason, it is especially concerned with addressing the challenges of scarcity, quality and contamination of water in this area, through the development of technological solutions for the water sector.
Almar Water Solutions took part as both a sponsor and speaker in the ALADYR International Conference held from 9 to 11 October in Santiago de Chile, Chile. With the slogan “Water to Latin America”, the event brought together more than 450 people and 150 companies, all experts in desalination, reuse and water and effluent treatment.
Carlos Cosín, the CEO of Almar Water Solutions, led the plenary session “International Desalination and Reuse Forum. A sustainable future”, where the leaders in the industry debated the state of these technologies, their regulation and the most notable projects. Carlos emphasized that Latin America has been focusing for years on desalination and reuse for the production processes of different industrial sectors such as mining, but that these unconventional water sources are now increasingly being applied for municipal uses.
Almar Water Solutions also officially sponsored the event with a very interesting activity: the distribution of USB drives to those in attendance with the corporate information on the company and its parent company, Abdul Latif Jameel. Almar Water Solutions currently has an office in Santiago de Chile to respond to water challenges in Latin America in both the municipal and industrial sectors.
ALADYR is a private non-profit organization whose purpose is to foster actions and initiatives that promote water reuse, treatment and desalination as pertinent options for sustainable and environmentally-friendly use of this resource. Under this premise, the events at ALADYR are aimed at professional training, updating content, spreading knowledge and experiences through technical presentations. Almar Water Solutions supports initiatives such as this one from ALADYR to promote the use of sustainable water technologies that improve the quality of life for citizens and promote economic development.
Almar Water Solutions participated as a sponsor and speaker at the International Conference on Water Reuse and Recycling held in Valencia, Spain, and organized by the International Desalination Association (IDA), in collaboration with the Spanish Association for Desalination and Reuse (AEDyR). The event, which took place from 24 to 27 June, brought together the leading companies in the water sector and the most renowned experts in the field of water reuse.
Carlos Cosín, CEO of Almar Water Solutions, was the moderator of the event’s main panel discussion, “The Big Debate: Water Reuse Regulations in Europe, USA and Asia”, where experts from each of those areas involved in the development of these regulations offered their opinions and experiences. These regulations define and cover the different uses, requirements and advantages of water reuse to satisfy the growing demand for water for agriculture, industry and urban uses, as well as the recharging of aquifers.
During the afternoon, as part of the presentation of iAgua Magazine 19, Santiago Martínez, Managing Director of Almar Water Solutions, gave a talk about unconventional water resources in the new PPP schemes. Santiago covered the main technologies for desalination and reuse and highlighted the role of renewable energies to reduce costs and emissions in water infrastructure.
Lastly, Almar Water Solutions sponsored the gala dinner that was held at the Arts and Sciences Palace of Valencia, which was attended by all of the key players in the water sector at the national and international levels.
Almar Water Solutions has been a member of the International Desalination Association since its inception and collaborates with the organization supporting initiatives to promote, educate and increase awareness of desalination and water reuse in all parts of the world.
This week, Almar Water Solutions took part in one of the leading events in the water sector, the Global Water Summit 2018. The company, which participated for the second year in a row, was the official water sponsor of the event and provided water for all those in attendance for three days. Also, Carlos Cosín was a member of the panels during the conferences on day two of the event.
The arrival of new technologies, companies and financing sources is eliminating the limits of the water sector and is driving the global water industry to connect, innovate and transform the way to do business. This was part of the speech given by Carlos Cosín, who was a speaker at the session titled “Finance – Water Finance Council: Better Collaboration”. In his presentation, he described the financing gap that exists between the private and public sectors, and how the arrival of private companies has changed the way in which macro projects in the water sector are financed. Along with Carlos, other companies such as fWE, organizations such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and public representatives such as the governor of Mombasa county in Kenya were also present.
Other workmates from Almar Water Solutions also attended the Global Water Summit to network with other companies and clients and to get a first-hand understanding of the news in the sector and the new technologies related to water. They all had the opportunity to enjoy the water that Almar Water Solutions provided and sponsored over the three days of the event.
Almar Water Solutions, faithful to the Global Water Summit event, played a key role and highlighted its solutions for the design, development, financing, operation and maintenance of water infrastructure for both the municipal and industrial sectors.
On 20 March Almar Water Solutions took part in the “Climate & Water Summit” event organized by iAgua Magazine at the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid, Spain. Our CEO, Carlos Cosín, gave a presentation entitled “Unconventional Water Tendencies as Solutions to Climate Change”.
He began by reminding the audience of some relevant data: last year, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the atmospheric concentration of CO2 reached 403.3 parts per million (ppm), the equivalent of 145% of the pre-industrial levels prior to 1750. Moreover, according to a study from the University of Washington there is only a 5% chance that global warming will not exceed 2 ºC and 1% that the temperature will be reduced by 1.5 ºC, the target set by 195 countries in the 2015 Paris Agreement. These data are extremely alarming for the planet’s sustainability and thus for the peaceful coexistence of its inhabitants.
Carlos went on to develop his thesis that the water desalination and reuse technologies are a competitive, sustainable solution to the problems raised by climate change. He emphasized the fact that membrane technology, especially reverse osmosis which has achieved reductions in the order of 3.5 to 4 kwh/m3, is successfully reducing energy consumption, a critical parameter for these solutions.
Lastly, Carlos explained that the combination of these technologies with renewable photovoltaic energy production and current market prices provide a clearly sustainable option that would significantly reduce water rates and also enable emission-neutral production.
The Climate & Water Summit brought together the leading companies in the water sector and public and private organizations that develop projects and solutions to combat and mitigate the effects of climate change. The Spanish Government’s climate change policies and their relationship with water resources were also presented.
Almar Water Solutions, very active in this type of forum, is a company specializing in the development, promotion, financing, design and operation of water infrastructures, with a firm commitment to building a better world through innovative solutions to address water challenges and climate change.
This week, Almar Water Solutions took part in the International Water Summit held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, the leading event for promoting water sustainability in arid regions. It takes place within the framework of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week and shares the stage with the World Future Energy Summit, an event centred on renewable energies, and the EcoWaste Exhibitions that deal with waste management and recycling solutions.
Carlos Cosín, CEO of Almar Water Solutions, was a speaker at the session on “Taking the waste out of wastewater” on Thursday 18 January. His presentation put forward the idea that wastewater is no longer a problem but, due to reuse, has become part of the solution to supply problems. He also approached various financing scenarios for this type of project.
Abdul Latif Jameel, the group to which the company belongs, was also a platinum sponsor of the World Future Energy Summit and participated in numerous activities such as conferences, press conferences, the media centre, etc.
The International Water Summit provided an extensive exhibition area, high-level conferences and an exclusive networking platform that enabled attendees to connect to the market and generate business opportunities. It was a unique opportunity to learn about the latest technological innovations in the sector.
The Almar Water Solutions team came to the International Water Summit from around the world to strengthen relations with leaders of the water sector in the Middle East and to learn about projects in the region at first hand. The company also has offices in Dubai and Jeddah to face current and future water-related challenges and provide service to citizens and businesses in the Middle East.
Carlos Cosín, CEO of Almar Water Solutions, has been elected top leader of the water sector by Water & Wastewater International magazine. Carlos opted for the award together with 25 other candidates, all CEOs, managers and thought leaders in the industry and was selected through a survey in which hundreds of people voted. This prize recognizes outstanding professionals whose careers, commitment and leadership have contributed to placing the water sector in a position of relevance.
Carlos Cosín is an agronomist born in Madrid, Spain and is a known figure in the international water management community. In his long career he has worked in four multinational companies and has won seven international awards. His more than twenty years’ experience in the water sector and projects implemented in four of the five continents endorse Carlos as one of the most prestigious leaders in the industry. Member of the Board of the International Desalination Association, Carlos is currently the CEO of Almar Water Solutions, an international company engaged in integrated water solutions for the municipal and industrial sector with offices in countries such as Spain, the United Arab Emirates, South Africa and Chile.
In an interview with the magazine, Carlos reflected on the qualities of leadership: “I find that one´s character and drive leaves the biggest footprint and creates leadership opportunities. People need a positive and empowered atmosphere to work well and contribute to a brighter future. I always search for new ideas to improve and collaborate with others. I have never been afraid to change and embrace new ideas and projects. I prefer to find new avenues, using new approaches to achieve more. I also believe it’s important for a leader to keep a very open mind. I never reject a discussion about my point of view and I love to be convinced and adopt new angles and perspectives. This behavior is a good way to grow as a person and enrich your values”.
Water & Wastewater International is an international publication devoted to providing up-to-date information on technology, products and trends in the water and wastewater industry worldwide. Monthly editorial topics include: energy management, biosolids treatment and disposal, chemical products, piping maintenance and repairs, privatization and outsourced O&M, stormwater management, computers and automation technology, corrosion control and various show previews of industry events.
Almar Water Solutions is proud of this achievement by our CEO whose professional qualities, involvement and enthusiasm for the water sector have earned him the respect and recognition of the industry.