Masdar, also known as the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, has announced that Veolia, through its desalination specialist SIDEM, has been selected as an industry partner to collaborate on the ambitious Renewable Energy Water Desalination Program launched early 2013. Signature of this agreement should take place in the coming days.
The Renewable Energy Water Desalination Program is a pilot program to test and develop advanced energy-efficient seawater desalination technologies suitable to be powered by renewable energy sources. The long-term goal of the program is to implement renewable energy-powered desalination plants in the United Arab Emirates.
As technology partner VEOLIA and MASDAR will share the costs to build and operate a pilot plant – the first step of this partnership – that will have the same characteristics as future large scale innovative and low energy consumption’s desalination plant.
The 15-month operation period will be split into a performance proving period and an optimization period during which higher performances shall be reached for the benefit of future large scale plants improvement. The water produced by the pilot shall be exportable on the drinking water network of Abu Dhabi.
Built in Ghantoot area, this pilot will be capable of handling very harsh sea water conditions (salinity up to 52 g/l, temperature up to 42°C and harmful algal blooms) using technologies developed by VEOLIA, such as high performance sea water pretreatment combining air floatation and filtration and a new osmosis membranes feed configuration allowing high treatment fluxes. Pairing state-of-the-art energy efficient desalination technologies with renewable energy should allow power recovery up to 98%.
This partnership shall also extend to future large desalination projects in the Gulf countries.
Xavier Joseph, CEO, Veolia Gulf Countries said “as the global leader in desalination, Veolia is proud to have been chosen by MASDAR as Industry Partner for the Renewable Energy Water Desalination Program. Through co-innovation, and by working closely with MASDAR, we aim to develop the next generation of sustainable desalination technologies.”
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