Thursday, November 20, 2014

Iknow LLC today announced that it was awarded its first contract from the Government of Saudi Arabia. Iknow was selected through a competitive tender to develop the knowledge management strategy for the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (K.A.CARE). K.A.CARE’s mission is to contribute to the country’s sustainable development and it serves as the Kingdom’s national energy laboratory for atomic, solar, wind, geothermal, and other emerging renewable energy technologies.

Dr. Hashim Abdullah Yamani, President of K.A.CARE, views knowledge management as the foundation for promoting knowledge sharing across the wide range of research and entrepreneurial activities and for fostering organizational learning and for developing an open, collaborative culture. In addition, the rapid onboarding of new staff has created a need for a strong “institutional memory”—a way of conserving and retrieving the key decisions and thinking behind important events in the organization’s history.

Iknow will begin the project in early December.

About King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy

K.A.CARE was established by Royal Order A/35 of H.M. King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on April 17, 2010, with the fundamental aim of building a sustainable future for Saudi Arabia by developing a substantial alternative energy capacity fully supported by world-class local industries.

Saudi Arabia has a rapidly growing population that places ever-increasing pressure on the country’s nonrenewable hydrocarbon resources. Therefore, it was concluded that alternative, sustainable, and reliable sources of energy for generating power and producing desalinated water should be introduced that will reduce consumption of the nation’s fossil fuel reserves. It was also determined that a balanced energy mix of alternative and conventional energy is strategically important to Saudi Arabia’s long-term prosperity, energy security, and its leading position in the global energy market.

Based on extensive technical and economic analysis, the Kingdom decided to introduce atomic and renewable energy into a significant portion of Saudi Arabia’s future energy mix. The two sectors will provide substantial capacity, advanced technology, efficient use of resources, and will be fully compliant with international best practices, conventions, and treaties. Fulfillment of this decision enables the Kingdom to plan for increased demand for power and desalinated water while ensuring the rate of national development continues apace.