In a move geared towards driving down carbon emissions from desalination plants, Qatar and Sweden are in the initial stages of establishing a water desalination project that will purely run on solar and wind energy.
The green water desalination project is expected to help reduce 450,000 of carbon emission per year, and both countries will start conducting feasibility studies through technical workshops.
“Sweden and Qatar are negotiating on a water producing project that will be setup in the north of Qatar and it will use only wind and solar energy to desalinate sea water. My meeting with the minister of energy and industry HE Mohammed Saleh Al Sada has been very productive on this subject,” Oscar Stenström, Swedish Vice minister of trade was quoted by The peninsular.
The minister said that the proposed water plant would use 200MW of power from wind and 200MW from solar panels.
“The cost of water desalination will be as low as $1 per cubic meter. There is a common understanding between the two sides on the project and the technical workshops will be soon held in Qatar to fine tune some technical aspects related to execution of solar power generation of the project as Qatar’s climate is rough with high temperature, sand, dust,” said Stenström.
The project, with estimated cost of $2bn, is also expected to address water scarcity issues and promote green energy, sustainable farming and food security in Qatar, reported The Peninsular.
Swedish companies have successfully employed similar techniques in Algeria, Morocco and South Africa. A small scale project is already running in Al Ruwais, Qatar.
GCC countries such as UAE have successfully trialed solar powered desalination and are now developing technologies that would allow utility scale water desalination that runs 100% on renewable energy.