The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is to provide $21 million to 14 research projects that will help reduce the cost of solar thermal desalination, DOE said in a statement. Desalination is the process of treating seawater, brackish water and contaminated water for use in industrial water supplies or [...]
The Department of Energy sees big potential for solar thermal desalination technologies. But only if the costs can be brought down — way down. That’s the goal of the 14 solar-thermal desalination research projects that won $21 million in DOE grants last week. The projects include many new desalination technologies [...]
The challenges and potential rewards of transitioning to concentrated solar power to desalinate seawater
Freshwater shortages are projected to increase in our hotter and more crowded future. Already, 150 countries desalinate seawater, using fossil fuels. But supplying an ever-increasing basic need with non-renewable fuels creates a growing threat, according to Dr. Diego-César Alarcón-Padilla, who heads up SolarPACES Task VI at the Solar Desalination Unit [...]
With the MENA region under increasingly high levels of water stress, desalination is necessary to supply sufficient fresh water to the region. Applying CSP technology to power the desalination process is a possible solution in which investigation is still underway. There are numerous CSP desalination pilot plants and it remains [...]
The US Department of Energy announced on Wednesday that it would allocate new funding sources to develop solar desalination technologies that will enable the recovery of freshwater from otherwise unusable water resources, while reducing operational costs. Desalination technologies treat seawater, brackish water and generally contaminated water, offering recovered ready-to-use [...]
The concentrated solar power field regularly takes a pounding from critics concerned about high costs and excess complexity, but the US Energy Department continues to be a fan. In the latest development, the agency is prepping to announce a funding opportunity aimed at using advanced solar thermal technology to drive [...]
In Morocco, a big new solar-powered plant for turning seawater into drinking water is being built. Is the business case for renewable-energy-powered desalination technology becoming strong enough to unleash a boom? This summer, the Spanish firm Abengoa announced it had signed an agreement with a Moroccan government agency to forge [...]
This summer, the Spanish firm Abengoa announced it had signed an agreement with a Moroccan government agency to forge ahead with the first phase of a project to build the world’s largest renewable energy-driven seawater desalination plant. Abengoa will undertake the engineering, construction, operation and maintenance of the plant for [...]
Growing power demand and desalination needs present a major opportunity for new CSP with storage to complement rising PV dispatch in Saudi Arabia’s renewables push, industry experts told New Energy Update. Saudi Arabia plans to launch its first bid round for 700 MW of solar and wind projects in the [...]
Aspects of desalination using concentrated solar power (CSP) are to be researched on Caledonian College of Engineering (CCE) in Oman .
SkyFuel's parabolic trough concentrating solar collector was installed in a trial of WaterFX's new Aqua4™ solar thermal desalination technology.
Particularly in the MENA region, the combination of these technologies can solve the shortage of fresh water and extend the life of oil fields.