Workshop discusses boosting cooperation between water, energy and agri sectors

Muscat - 

A workshop by the Middle Eastern Desalination Research Centre (MEDRC) titled, ‘Renewable energy and desalination in the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus’, has called for greater cooperation between the water, energy and agriculture sectors to cut costs and energy consumption.

Held recently at the MEDRC headquarters in Muscat the workshop, saw participation of several renowned scientists and practitioners, stated a press
release.

The WEF Nexus is an important tool for governments to appreciate the need for more coordination between the three sectors.

The linkages with renewable energies and desalination are a top priority for MEDRC.

The workshop started with an introduction by Dr Jauad el Kharraz, MEDRC head of research, who introduced the WEF concept and highlighted good examples from a recent GIZ (German agency for international development cooperation) study on the adoption of innovative solutions  in Oman, UAE, Qatar, Morocco and Saudi Arabia.

Three speakers who gave presentations include, Prof Nicholas Hankins from the University of Oxford, Department of Chemical Engineering (UK); Arslan Khalid, from the International Renewable Energy Agency ‘IRENA’ and Prof Hassan Arafat from Masdar Institute (UAE).

While Prof Hankin’s presentation focused on, ‘The Water Energy Food Nexus and Desalination in the MENA Region: How do We Ensure a Sustainable Water Supply?’, Khalid addressed the issue of ‘Opportunities of renewable energies in the WEF Nexus’, and Prof Arafat highlighted a successful case study in UAE, ‘Reverse electrodialysis powered greenhouse concepts for water and energy self-sufficient agriculture. Participants appreciated the case studies presented and called for identifying more success stories.

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