Dammam– Saudi Aramco signed a licensing agreement with NOMADD Desert Solar Solutions granting the company the right to develop and manufacture solar array cleaning technology that was developed in-house by Aramco’s research and development team based at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).
NOMADD is locally-owned and funded by KAUST and created to commercialize the NO water Mechanical Automated Dusting Device
The technology will integrate with NOMADD’s fully automated waterless solar cleaning system.
This is the first commercial licensing agreement between Aramco and a KAUST funded start-up company. NOMADD will distribute solar cleaning technology in Saudi Arabia and serves as an example of how a technology can be developed, commercialized, manufactured and sold creating local jobs and providing value to the Kingdom.
Vice President of Technology, Oversight and Coordination, Ahmad al-Khowaiter, said that the commercialization of technology positively impacts the Kingdom and is a great achievement and demonstrates Aramco’s commitment to a clean energy future.
Founder and chief executive officer of NOMADD Jos van der Hyden declared that NOMADD is excited to partner with Aramco, KAUST and other local institutions to bring this vision to fruition.
“NOMADD is gaining strong commercial traction in the solar industry, winning several industry awards for technology and leadership in the field,” he added.
In other news, Aramco sponsored the first of its kind Materials Performance and Welding Technologies Conference & Exhibition 2017 taking place between September 11 and September 17 in Dammam.
The event is co-organized by National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) International West Asia & Africa Area and American Welding Society (AWS) Saudi Arabia section.
The event presents three keynote speeches, 81 technical papers, and six highly specialized workshops with participation by subject-matter experts and professionals from Saudi Aramco.