Largest renewable-powered desalination plant in Saudi Arabia

Using wind and solar power, it will produce 2 mn bottles a year

01 June, 11:40

    (ANSAmed) - NAPLES, 01 GIU - The world's largest desalination plant powered by wind and solar energy will be built in Saudi Arabia, said Emirati daily The National.

    It said the plant will be built by the Red Sea Development Company, developer of a mega-tourism project on Saudi Arabia's western coast, in collaboration with renewable drinking water specialists Source Global.

    The plant has a planned capacity of two million bottles of water a year and will begin production with 300,000 bottles annually in the next few years.

    The plant will produce water using "hydro panel" solar technology, which draws water vapour out of the air and converts it to drinking water.

    About 100 hydro panels were built during the first phase of construction, while 1,200 more will be added during the second and third phases.

    Saudi Arabia is a world leader in plants such as these, for example with the Al Jubeil plant, north of Dammam, which produces 1.4 million cubic metres per day.

    Red Sea Development secured 3.76 billion US dollars in funding through operations with Saudi banks. (ANSAmed).

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