A new solar desalination system to address water scarcity – Kenya

GivePower is launching containerized, solar-powered water desalination and purification plants in Mombasa, Kenya and La Gonave, Haiti this quarter.

Like GivePower’s debut solar-powered microgrid desalination plant, which went live in Kiunga, Kenya in 2018, these new projects will operate with Tesla’s powerwall battery storage technology.

At launch, both of the nonprofit’s new solar water farm projects will produce a maximum of 75,000 liters of water a day by coupling a 50-kW solar system with 120 kW-hrs of Tesla batteries; together this solar plus battery system will power two low-wattage, reverse osmosis desalination pumps that run simultaneously to ensure continuous operation.


Saudi Arabia signs $426.5mn bridge finance deal for desalination plants – Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Environment, Water, and Agriculture, and the chairman of the General Authority for Salt Water Desalination, Eng Abdul Rahman bin Abdul Mohsen Al-Fadhli, has inked the kingdom’s first commercial ‘bridge’ financing agreement with local banks worth $426.5m (SAR1.6bn) to improve the utilisation of assets and increase the efficiency of Phase 1 of the Jubail desalination plant and Stage 2 of the Al Khobar project.

The agreement, which was made in coordination with the National Center for Debt Management, will see the two projects replace current thermal technologies with modern reverse osmosis technologies at a capital cost of approximately $959.5m (SAR3.6bn).


Solar Dome Desalination Plant for Saudi Arabia Coming Soon – Saudi Arabia

Access to clean, potable water has always been a problem in countries like Saudi Arabia. The climate and surrounding desert make it nearly impossible to locate overland sources of freshwater.

The Gulf of Arabia’s seawater would provide a ready supply, but the desalination process would be both costly and consume large volumes of energy, making it untenable.

British startup Solar Water believes it has a solution. By employing a dome that harnesses solar power to perform desalination, it thinks it has an energy-efficient method of providing drinking water to Saudi Arabia. The NEOM gigaproject will be the first location in the world where this technology is being tried.

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Mombasa: grand plans that never happened – Kenya

When Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho was sworn in for his final term in office, top in his priority list was the implementation of major projects that were part of the county’s Vision 2035 plan.

He had initiated the projects in 2016 during his first term. Now, with only two years left before he leaves office, the projects exist only on paper.

Some of the projects that were meant to spur economic growth in the county included the establishment of a Sh6.5 billion waste recycling plant, construction of desalination plants at a cost of Sh16 billion, development of a Sh200 billion housing project and the introduction of a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system. The four are part of the county’s urban re-development plan.


Saudi SWCC secures $430mln bridge financing from local banks – Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s Saline Water Conversion Corp (SWCC), which operates desalination plants and power stations in the kingdom, has signed a 1.6 billion riyals ($430 million) bridge financing agreement with local banks.

The financing aims to improve the utilization of assets and increase the efficiency of desalination plants Jubail 1 and Khobar 2, double their daily production, and achieve savings on energy and operational costs of up to 1.25 billion riyals ($ 330 billion) annually, SWCC said.

The financing was provided by Banque Saudi Fransi and Saudi British Bank (SABB) and with the support of the financial consultant of the company HSBC Saudi Arabia, the corporation said in Arabic through its official twitter account.


Neom to Adopt Unique ‘Solar Dome’ Desalination Plant – United Kingdom

The Neom smart-city project will use cutting-edge solar technology to power a desalination plant that produces clean, low-cost, environmentally friendly freshwater.

The decision aims to enhance the megacity’s position as a new global tourism destination, a center of innovation and environmental conservation, and as an accelerator of human progress.

Neom signed an agreement with UK business Solar Water Limited to build a desalination plant in the northwest of the Kingdom that uses the newly developed “solar dome” technology. It is hoped that thef first-of-its-kind, completely sustainable and carbon-neutral facility will shape the future of desalination in Neom, the Kingdom and throughout the world.


Why desalination can help quench California’s water needs – California

If you’ve ever created a personal budget, you know that assigning your money to different investment strategies is a crucial component to meet your financial goals.

When you stop dipping into your savings account each month, savings can begin to build.  

Understanding why desalination is so critical to California’s water future is a lot like building a personal budget. With a changing climate, growing population and booming economy, we need to include desalination in the water supply equation to help make up an imported water deficit.


Saudis Plan ‘Solar Dome’ Desalination Plants at Neom Mega-City – Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia plans to use a new solar technology to desalinate seawater at Neom, a mega-city that it’s developing along the country’s northern Red Sea coast.

Neom will have the world’s first “solar dome” desalination plants, which it said will produce no carbon emissions and create less brine than facilities using conventional reverse osmosis technology, according to a statement.

The solar dome plants will also process drinking water more cheaply than conventional plants, at 34 cents per cubic meter, Neom said.


It’s time Melaka’s water problem has a dam solution, says Khoo – Malaysia

A new dam and desalination system are among the solutions being explored to address Melaka’s perennial water woes, says Melaka Smart City Advisory Council chairman Khoo Poay Tiong.

He said the water scarcity in Melaka has been made worse by rapid development and growing urban population as well as climate change.

“Hence, we looking into technology to address the depleting water resources in the state,” he said when interviewed here on Wednesday (Jan 29).


Desalination plants are a critical part of our future – Australia

With water restrictions increasing around NSW and talk about Sydney moving to level three sanctions, people are starting to ask what happens if the city’s water supply becomes critically low?

The prognosis is not good.

Long-term climate forecasts show the drought continuing for a long time. In addition, our population is increasing and recent per capita water usage rates have actually increased.