Almar Water Solutions, Platinum Sponsor of the IDA World Congress 2019

The search for innovative technologies to fight against water scarcity and pollution has become a priority for the large and medium-sized companies in the sector, as well as for governments and official organizations. According to the World Economic Forum, the water crisis was the fifth greatest global risk in 2018, behind weapons of mass destruction and mitigation of climate change. Among the different technologies that are capable of alleviating this crisis, desalination and reuse stand out.

The most widely-recognized event in the sector, the IDA World Congress, was born to promote these technologies and other advances in water treatment solutions. Almar Water Solutions, committed to the development of innovative, non-conventional water solutions that guarantee the progress of the world’s current and future population, strongly supports this initiative and this year was a platinum sponsor of the congress. Some of the many activities that it has sponsored include a scholarship for young engineers and scientists to expand their postgraduate training on issues related to desalination, membranes and water reuse, and the sponsorship of a panel at the Water Leaders Summit titled “Expanding the Public Private Partnership Model to New and Existing Markets”. This panel was moderated by Arantxa Mencía, Global Business Development Manager at Almar Water Solutions, and included panelists with in-depth knowledge of the main projects structured under the PPP model and the markets in which they are developed.

Carlos Cosín, the company’s CEO, also participated as moderator of the IDA World Congress 2019 Leaders Summit in the panel “Trends in the EPC market: Is Competing on Cost vs Quality Sustainable?”. This panel analyzed the highly competitive changes in the market, the high risks and reduction in costs of this type of project.

With regard to the Technical Program of the Congress, Rodrigo Segovia, Executive Director of Almar Water Solutions, chaired Monday’s session “From Mineral Recovery to Remineralization”, together with Mike Dixon, CEO of Synauta, and Rama Jagwani, General Manager of PROJECX.

Lastly, Almar Water Solutions held a very special dinner set in the spectacular backdrop of the Jameel Art Centre in Dubai. Leaders from the water sector came together to share opinions and enjoy a delicious local meal. Almar Water Solutions also presented its initiative to put an end to plastic bottles in all of its offices around the world, and presented its iconic bottles to all those present.

The Jameel Arts Centre is an innovative contemporary institution in Dubai that opened its doors on 11 November 2018. Its initiatives include heritage management and restoration programs, as well as a wide range of artistic and educational initiatives for all ages. At the local level, the organization works with individuals and organizations to develop innovative programming that embraces both old and new technologies, and encourages entrepreneurship and the development of cultural networks.

With all these activities and sponsorships, Almar Water Solutions recognizes the value of the IDA World Congress as a turning point to help the world become more aware of the great challenge that we face in terms of water. Both present and future generations must learn and realize that water is not an infinite resource that magically comes out of the tap, and that we have to care for it, save it and invest in new technologies and infrastructures so that this privilege can be sustained in developed countries and become a reality in those countries that are still unable to enjoy water for their daily lives.

To round off this successful congress that was attended by more than 800 people, Carlos Cosín, CEO of Almar Water Solutions, was appointed the new president of the International Desalination Association (IDA) for the next period of 2019-2021. Carlos, who has been a member of the board for the last six years, was chosen for his experience in the field of desalination and reuse, and for his great strategic contributions to the association.

Carlos Cosín, appointed president of the International Desalination Association (IDA)

Carlos Cosín, CEO of Almar Water Solutions, has been unanimously appointed new President of the International Desalination Association (IDA) for the next period 2019-2021. Carlos, who has been a member of the board since 2013 and treasurer for the last two years, has been elected for his experience in the field of desalination and reuse, and for his great strategic contribution to the association.

The vote and later appointment took place today in Dubai, within the framework of the IDA World Congress, which brings together more than 1,000 professionals from the water industry, and the main CEOs and Directors of the most prestigious companies in the sector. Carlos noted in his speech that “As president of this association, myself and the board will work internally to respond to the growing demands of our industry,” and ““In the next two years, we intend to increase IDA’s reach, enabling the association to meet the needs of our members, affiliates, and the market at large.”

“After many years of prestige and recognition, IDA needs a strategic change that addresses a wider network of stakeholders to help ensure the solutions provided by desalination and water reuse technologies play a role in the development of water sustainability in new geographies and niches such as the industrial sector,” said Mr. Cosín. “The association must aim to attract new members that contribute to its growth from a business and academic perspective to develop a multidisciplinary and sustainable association with high added value to its members.”

Accompanying the President, Mr. Devesh Sharma has also been named First Vice President and Mr. Alejandro Javier Sturniolo Second Vice President, along with the new Board of Directors for 2019-2021. In the new Board are men and women who are working hard to develop new technologies and projects that secure water to millions of people in all geographies of the planet, and to sectors such as agriculture and industry.

Carlos Cosín ended his speech by stating that ” I think the current evolution of the desalination market is a key moment for IDA. It is time for the Association to extend their activities to new stakeholders in utilities, in legal firms, in financial institutions.” Mr. Cosin also added that, “IDA should reach out to new industry players, as well as deepen its involvement in reuse applications and innovative technology.”

The new president of the IDA has a great professional background in the water sector, and has worked for companies such as US Filter, Veolia, Abengoa and Almar Water Solutions. In his current position as CEO of Almar Water Solutions, he has already closed several desalination and water treatment projects in Africa and the Middle East.

The International Desalination Association is the point of connection for the global desalination and water reuse community. A non-profit association, IDA serves more than 2,600 core members in 60 countries and reaches an additional 4,000 affiliate members. Its membership comprises scientists, end-users, engineers, consultants and researchers from governments, corporations and academia. IDA is associated with the United Nations as part of a growing international network of non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Almar Water Solutions attends Water Innovation Europe 2019

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, CEO of Almar Water Solutions, participates in an event organized by ICEX at the Spanish embassy in Washington

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 meets at the Global Water Summit in London

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.


Double participation of Almar Water Solutions at WFES Water in Abu Dhabi

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 participates in the ALADYR International Congress

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, key player at the IDA International Conference on Water Reuse and Recycling

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.


Successful participation by Almar Water Solutions at the Global Water Summit 2018

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.

Water and climate change, main lines of Almar Water Solutions’ presentation at the Climate & Water Summit

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.