Addressing Water Scarcity
Substantial Breakthroughs in Desalination Technologies
Mitigating Environmental Footprint
Cost-effective Desalination and Treatment
Enhancing Water Management Efficiency


Kuwait will continue to rely on desalinating seawater to meet the nation’s fresh water demand. KISR will help meet the challenge of expanding Kuwait’s desalination capabilities under the circumstances of depleting fuel resources, growing concerns over environmental stress, and an urgent need to diversify and sustain the competitiveness of the country’s economy.


The research program, working in close cooperation with the Thermal Desalination Technologies Program, promotes the innovative development of emerging and advanced new membrane-based technologies. These programs aim to substantially expand Kuwait’s desalination capabilities to ensure a clean, sustainable water supply that does not compromise the nation’s future energy, water resources, and environment while supporting the economic development of the state.

Program Thrusts

  • Membrane Development and Optimization for Desalination Applications: Manage the establishment of a laboratory, specialized in developing new membranes and systems with higher performance and cost- effectiveness, as membranes offer a new range of applications that can change traditional operations within the desalination industry and reduce its energy consumption
  • Brine Treatment and Mineral By-product Management: Develop plans to create complex cogeneration plants capable of accommodating water desalination, power generation, and industries focused on extracting minerals from brine water produced by seawater desalination plants and oil industry, which would contribute to the diversification of the nation’s manufacturing industries.
  • Innovative Membranes and Hybrid/Integrated Membrane Systems: Model, test, and develop pilot-scale desalination systems such as membrane distillation (MD), ultra filtration (UF), nanofiltration (NF), forward osmosis (FO), and pressure retarded osmosis (PRO), in order to determine the feasibility of innovative, integrated membrane systems.