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A clean tech research hub launched in Saudi Arabia

The research facility will concentrate on conducting scientific research in crucial areas within clean energy and water sectors

A clean tech research hub launched in Saudi Arabia
[Source photo: Anvita Gupta/Fast Company Middle East]

From ambitious renewable energy projects to innovative research initiatives, Saudi Arabia is making significant strides in harnessing the power of clean energy to combat climate change. 

Marking a promising chapter towards a more sustainable future, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and ACWA Power have joined hands to establish a cutting-edge research hub — the Center for the Development of Clean Energy Technologies and Water Desalination.

This research hub will be a dedicated space for conducting crucial scientific studies in critical areas like solar energy technology, desalination membrane innovation, and energy storage applications for future energy networks.

Artificial intelligence and advanced digital technologies will be the heart of this center’s operations. The center strategically positions itself within the National Laboratories Complex and Innovation Oases, fostering a vibrant environment for collaboration between the academic and business sectors. 

Munir El-Desouki, President of KACST, emphasized the importance of bridging the gap between scientific advancements and real-world needs. At the same time, Thomas Altmann, Executive Vice President for Innovation and New Technology at ACWA Power, expressed excitement about the potential to deliver practical solutions contributing to Saudi Vision 2030’s sustainability goals.

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