State-owned utility service provider, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has signed a partnership agreement with Dutch startup Desolenator in order to build a sustainable, carbon-neutral water purification and desalination system based on solar thermal energy.
According to the statement, the innovative design is intended to be 100 percent reliant on solar energy at a target Levelized Cost of potable water production to be less than $0.02 per liter.
Under the agreement, a pilot water desalination plant has been installed at the Jebel Ali Power Plant and Desalination Complex, with a production capacity of minimum 1,000 liters of potable water per day.
“We are working to achieve the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai a global model for clean energy and green economy by adopting the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and disruptive technologies. DEWA’s production capacity of desalinated water is currently 490 MIGD. According to DEWA’s strategy, 100 percent of Dubai’s production of desalinated water in 2030 will come from a mixture of clean energy, which combines renewable energy sources and waste heat, which will make Dubai exceed the globally defined target regarding the use of clean energy in water desalination.”
The collaboration is part of DEWA’s participation in the Dubai Future Accelerators (DFA) program, one of the initiatives under the Dubai Future Foundation. DFA is the largest accelerator program in the world.
“We are delighted to have built a fruitful relationship with DEWA, who has been a fantastic partner in supporting the deployment of this plant. To address the global water and climate crisis, we need new forms of collaboration between innovators and organizations. DEWA has shown the vision and support that stands as a great example for the world. Desolenator strives to create partnerships that support futuristic thinking,” said Mr. William Janssen, CEO of Desolenator.