Monthly Archives: März 2020

U.S.-Israel consortium launches $21.4 million initiative to develop water-energy technologies

Northwestern University and BGN Technologies, the technology transfer company of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), announced today the initiation of a U.S.-Israel consortium led by both universities for the development of new technologies to solve global water challenges.

The multi-institutional, international program, called the Collaborative Water-Energy Research Center (CoWERC), has a total budget of $21.4 million, including a $9.2 million grant over 5 years from the U.S. Department of Energy and Israel’s Ministry of Energy together with the Israel Innovation Authority. CoWERC is part of the U.S.-Israel Energy Center program administered by the U.S.-Israel Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation.

Working at the intersection of water and energy, the team will research, develop and commercialize technology in three areas: energy-efficient enhanced water supply, wastewater reuse and resource recovery, and energy-water systems. All CoWERC projects are binational and include university, national laboratory and industrial partners. Technology development efforts will culminate in pilot testing at water and wastewater facilities in both Israel and the U.S. After being validated, the new technologies could potentially be implemented around the world.

(LINK).

Desalinating water with mobile solar-powered devices – United Kingdom

Researchers from the University of Bath have developed a new desalination process that could become an ideal solution for remote locations affected by natural disasters.

The research team has developed a prototype of a 3D-printed desalination system that is driven by AC electricity. They describe it as a low-energy system with no moving parts.

The system combines cationic diodes based on Nafion ionomer-coated microhole array substrates with an anion conducting membrane. Nafion is a synthetic polymer with ionic properties that is produced by Chemours, a unit of US chemical group DuPont.

(LINK).

ACWA Power signs agreements worth up to USD 2.5bn with Uzbekistan – Uzbekistan

Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power has announced that it has signed three new strategic agreements with the Ministry of Energy of Uzbekistan to amplify power generation and develop technical expertise. The agreements could potentially be worth up to $2.5 billion.

According to a statement from ACWA Power, the agreements include a 25 year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) – with a total investment value of $1.2 billion – for a 1500 MW Combined Cycle Gas-Turbine (CCGT) power plant; an Implementation Agreement worth $550 million-$1.1 billion for the building of a wind power plant with a capacity of 500-1000 MW of clean energy; and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the development of a training centre to enhance technical skills of Uzbek students and professionals.

(LINK).

MEDRC and USAID announces desalination innovation drive – Oman

In partnership with USAID, MEDRC has launched an international call for research proposals in a bid to spur innovation in small scale desalination technologies.

To engage the broadest possible community of researchers and innovators from across the world, MEDRC’s desalination innovation strategy has two approaches – an innovation inducement prize called the ‘Oman Humanitarian Desalination Challenge’ carrying a $700,000 cash prize, and the international research call announced today with support from USAID.

The Oman Humanitarian Desalination Challenge Prize is a joint initiative led by MEDRC and The Research Council (TRC) with funding provided by the Sultan Qaboos Higher Centre for Culture and Science. The $700,000 USD cash prize will be awarded to the team or person that delivers a hand-held, low-cost, off-grid desalination device that can be rapidly deployed in the aftermath of a humanitarian crisis.

(LINK).

Multimillion-dollar contract to run El Segundo water recycling plant again awarded without bidding – California

Continuing a practice started in the 1990s, the West Basin Municipal Water District has again bypassed competitive bidding in awarding a multimillion-dollar contract to operate its wastewater treatment facility in El Segundo.

The district board recently renewed a five-year contract worth roughly $13 million a year to Suez Water Environmental Services to run the award-winning plant. Since 2016, Suez has earned roughly $61 million on the deal with West Basin.

Suez — and before that United Water, which Suez purchased in 2000 — had previously been awarded contracts worth tens of millions of dollars to operate the plant, all without bidding.The latest contract is roughly $2 million less per year than its previous agreement.

(LINK).

Maestas: Poseidon Desalination Would Worsen Environmental Injustice in Orange County – California

What would California be without the beach? I grew up in Irvine with an awareness of how fortunate we are to live near the ocean. As a child, my parents and babysitters took me and my brother to Corona Del Mar and Newport Beach frequently during the summer.

I have many happy memories of enjoying the waves at “our beaches” while bodysurfing, building sandcastles, and seeing fish, anemones, sandcrabs, dolphins and jellyfish! We also took school field trips to Crystal Cove to learn about the ecosystem. These experiences taught me to respect the ocean and to understand that it is alive, a home for sea life and people.

That’s why it’s upsetting that our regional water board is moving closer to issuing permits for a project near my hometown that will harm our ocean, make us more vulnerable to climate change, and make our drinking water more expensive.

(LINK).

Egypt evaluating solar desalinators – Egypt

The government has signed a memorandum of understanding with Saudi energy company ACWA Power to conduct a feasibility study for an unspecified volume of renewables-powered desalination projects.

ACWA Power has announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with two Egyptian government departments relating to the evaluation of a series of renewable energy-powered water desalination projects.

The agreement outlines plans for a preliminary study followed by an initial feasibility study for desalination projects at undisclosed locations in Egypt which would be powered by solar, wind or a combination of the two.

(LINK).

ACWA Power signs MoU to enhance Egypt’s water desalination sector – Egypt

ACWA Power signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Housing; Utilities & Urban Communities represented by the New Urban Communities Authority; Holding Company for Water and Wastewater (HCWW); and Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy represented by Egyptian Electricity Holding Company, to conduct preliminary and feasibility studies for a series of water desalination projects in Egypt.

The projects will be powered by solar and wind, or a combination of both renewable energy sources, the Saudi-based utilities provider said in a statement.

Upon completion, the studies will be submitted to the Ministry of Housing, Utilities & Urban Communities and Egyptian Electricity Holding Company.

(LINK).

SWPC signs project agreement for Yanbu 4 IWP with Engie-Mowah consortium – Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has signed project agreements for Yanbu 4 Independent Water Plant (IWP), a seawater desalination facility to be developed using reverse osmosis (RO) technology, with a consortium comprising of Engie, the French multinational utility group, and a local water desalination company, Mowah.

According to a statement from Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC), the RO seawater desalination plant will come up in the Badr Governorate, in the Madinah region. It will have a production capacity of 450,000 cu m/day, once complete.

Located on the Kingdom’s Red Sea coast, the new plant will feed potable water to the Makkah and Madinah regions. Yanbu-4 IWP will also include solar energy units that will reduce the electricity consumption from the grid.

(LINK).

Four companies partner to launch Sh435m solar water desalination project in Kenya – Kenya

Arid and semi-arid areas are set to benefit from clean water after four companies partnered to launch a water desalination project worth Sh435 million. 

The Germany-based firms Boreal Light GmbH and AtmosfairegGmbH will work with Water Kiosk Ltd and Bilal Sustainable Development Programme to construct 40 solar water desalination systems in 10 counties facing water shortage.

(LINK).