Industrie De Nora (De Nora), an Italian expert in sustainable electrochemical technologies and in the emerging green hydrogen industry, has signed a collaboration agreement with Saudi-based Acwa Power, to help advance the energy transition via the production of green energy, water and wastewater disinfection technologies and jointly perform research and development of key technologies.
The world’s largest private water desalination company, Acwa Power plans to utilide De Nora’s expertise in electrode technologies as the enabling factor for the sustainable production of green hydrogen.
De Nora Group is a key provider of a comprehensive portfolio of water and wastewater technologies, with several product lines rooted in the company’s most advanced electrochemical technologies.
The Italian group said its collaboration with Acwa will draw on the experience of similarly scoped high profile projects in the region, such as the largest seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant in the world, underway as part of the second phase of the Al Jubail Desalination Plant upgrade, and the world’s largest green hydrogen production plant at Neom using alkaline water electrolysis supplied by its joint venture partner thyssenkrupp nucera AG &Co. KGaA (thyssenkrupp nucera), a joint initiative of Air Products, Acwa Power and Neom Green Hydrogen company.
The De Nora-Acwa partnership was formally recognized with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at the Saudi-Italian Investment Forum, held yesterday (September 4) in Milan under the patronage of the Saudi Ministry of Investment and the Italian Ministry of Enterprises and Made in Italy.
It was attended by Luca Buonerba, the chief marketing and business development officer at De Nora, Marco Arcelli, the Acwa Power CEO, Khalid Al Falih, Saudi Ministry of investment (Energy) and Adolfo Urso, Italian Ministry of Enterprise and Made in Italy.
"We are pleased to further expand our long-lasting presence in the Middle East and confirm our strong commitment to participate in realizing the Saudi 2030 Vision," said Buonerba. 
"Our portfolio of solutions for clean water and green hydrogen production is well appreciated by Acwa as well as many Saudi companies and utilities across the region enjoying clean water treated by our technologies. The overall reinforcement of the business relations between our companies, under the umbrella of the friendship of the Italian and Saudi governments, is certainly a springboard for additional successes and expand our presence," he noted.
Buonerba pointed out that by working in partnership with Acwa and with the guidance of their management, De Nora will realize many opportunities to provide the country with the best technologies at the most competitive total cost of ownership, minimizing the CO2 footprint, granting easy and cost competitive access to clean water and green hydrogen.
Arcelli said: "We have high expectations for the relationship with De Nora for the exchange of crucial expertise, products, and equipment to Saudi Arabia, home of one of the largest decarbonization programs in the world."
"De Nora’s expertise in electrochemistry and sustainability technologies will enhance Acwa Power’s portfolio of water desalination and power projects. We will also investigate to enhance the cooperation in operations and maintenance of our desalination and green hydrogen applications," stated Arcelli. 
"Acwa and De Nora both share a mutual vision to deal with some of the world’s most pressing problems, and we look forward to the future of this development," he added.-TradeArabia News Service