Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) announced that Dubai will host the International Desalination Association’s 2019 World Congress on water Desalination. Previously, the congress was held in Dubai in 2009.
The conference will be held in 2019, coinciding with the 21st Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (WETEX), which will be held under the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance and President of DEWA.
Al Tayer highlighted that DEWA is currently desalinating water in Dubai through Combined Cycle Co-Generation. This is an efficient process that uses using heat from the production of electricity for water desalination, using Multi-Stage Flash distillation. This produces 67% of its water without burning fuel. DEWA also uses Reverse Osmosis to desalinate water, a proven technology that is also used around the world, to manage the considerable power generated by clean energy. DEWA adopts a clear strategy to ensure that by 2030, 100% of desalinated water will be produced by a mix of clean energy that uses both renewable energy and waste heat. This will allow Dubai to exceed global targets for using clean energy to desalinate water. So, DEWA will be able to produce 750 million gallons of desalinated water per day by 2030, compared to our current capacity of 470 million gallons per day.
“DEWA has also launched an innovative initiative to study the possibility of injecting and storing desalinated water within subterranean water basins and being able to pump it back into the water network when needed. The project is based on the latest innovative technologies to achieve operational efficiency in the water network. Studies have shown that it is possible to store 5,100 million gallons of water that can be retrieved when needed. This technology is more cost-effective than the conventional way of storing water in concrete reservoirs. In conclusion, I would like to thank you all for your presence, and your commendable efforts to enhance Dubai’s status as a global destination for tourism and conferences. We value your daily quest to communicate our vision to the local community, and the world. We look forward to your participation in the coverage of the IDA World Congress on water Desalination, in 2019,” concluded Al Tayer.