Energy Recovery Solves Major Environmental Problem of Creating Freshwater from Seawater

July 14, 2020

Robert Yu Lang Mao is Chairman of the board of directors, President and Chief Executive Officer of Energy Recovery Inc. Mr. Mao joined the Energy Recovery Inc. board of directors in September 2010 and was elected as Board Chairman in June 2019.

He was appointed to the additional role as President and CEO in May 2020 after serving as Interim President and CEO from November 2019 through April 2020.

He brings to Energy Recovery extensive experience in helping equipment manufacturers successfully expand into new product and geographic markets. His strong strategic and analytic skills will help guide the diversification of Energy Recovery’s product line and its growth into new global markets.

Previously, Mr. Mao served as Chief Executive Officer of 3Com Corporation from 2008 to 2010 and was on that company’s board of directors from 2007 to 2010.

Prior to 3Com Corporation, Mr. Mao worked for Nortel Networks as CEO of the company’s Greater China operations from 1997 to 2006. Before joining Nortel, Mr. Mao was Regional President of the Greater China region for Alcatel-Lucent from 1995 to 1997. Mr. Mao also held executive positions at Alcatel and ITT in Asia and the United States.

Mr. Mao has served on the board of directors of companies listed on the Nasdaq, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the Taiwan Stock Exchange across a number of industries. Mr. Mao is a graduate of Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in materials science and a master’s degree in metallurgical engineering. He also holds a master’s degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In this 2,385 word interview, exclusively in the Wall Street Transcript, Mr. Mao explains how his company will deploy cutting edge technology to solve one of the biggest issues facing the environment.

“Our flagship PX Pressure Exchanger consumes no electrical power and reduces energy waste, enabling seawater reverse osmosis desalination plants to reduce their energy consumption by as much as 60%.

We helped make reverse osmosis the leading desalination process by drastically reducing the energy and costs needed to produce fresh water.

Beyond desalination, our technology can also be applied to generating greater efficiency in other industries, and we are currently investigating other applications of our PX technology.”

Mr. Mao is excited about the near term dominance of this desalination technology:

“Our in-house ceramic manufacturing facility allows us to produce truly superior products. The precision and efficiency of our micron-level manufacturing capability is reflected in our PX industry-leading efficiency, durability and reliability. This consistency has made us the most trusted energy recovery technology provider in the world.

With that, we achieved a commanding position. We win when our customers win. We have been able to do that time and time again. When people decide to invest billions of dollars in a major facility, such as desalination, they come to us because they know our product works.”

Get the complete 2,385 word interview, exclusively in the Wall Street Transcript.