Breakthrough KAUST Water Treatment Technology to be piloted by MODON“The relationship between KAUST and MODON is an excellent example of how u...Breakthrough KAUST Water Treatment Technology to be piloted by MODON
“The relationship between KAUST and MODON is an excellent example of how universities and industrial partners can work together to solve real challenges in our society and in a city like Jeddah where we need to increase wastewater treatment capacity,” said Kevin Cullen, vice president of Innovation at KAUST.
“This technology not only processes wastewater more efficiently using a decentralized treatment model, it can be done in an energy neutral way — providing sustainability for the future.”
Professor Hong has developed an alternative solution that solves energy demand and sludge production issues using patented anaerobic membrane bioreactor (AnMBR) technology.
The AnMBR is energy-neutral, decentralized and produces at least 10x lower sludge volumes. Importantly, the water produced can be used to support non-drinking water purposes such as landscaping greenery and urban farming — as the effluent produced by the system retains the nutrients that plants could benefit from.
MODON, who operates significant infrastructure throughout the Kingdom for environmental services including wastewater treatment plants, have selected Hong’s technology to pilot on-site at its Jeddah 1st Industrial City.