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Kuwait's Kisr secures US patent for desalination invention

Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research develops desalination plant using semipermeable membranes

Kisr has invented a desalination unit [representational].
Kisr has invented a desalination unit [representational].

Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (Kisr) has secured a patent from US Patent and Trademark Office for the construction of a desalination plant using semipermeable membranes.

According to Kuwait news agency, Kuna, Kisr described the move as a “scientific breakthrough”, explaining that scientists from water research centres associated with Kisr managed to reduce the hydraulic pressure required for the desalination of seawater.

The team designed a desalination unit with a capacity of 30,000 litres per day, producing fresh water output of 35% with 15% of atmospheric pressure.

Kisr added that laboratory tests determined that the quality of water produced by the desalination unit met international standards set by World Health Organisation.

Kisr researcher, Mansour Ahmad, said the invention would lead to major advancement in the desalination process, providing a more efficient and less costly alternative to conventional strategies.

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