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ACWA Power and WGA announce new strategic partnership in green desalination

ACWA Power and WGA signed an MOU to develop further WGA?s disruptive, green water desalinisation technology. (Image source: ACWA Power)

ACWA Power, one of the a leading Saudi developers of power generation, water desalination and green hydrogen plants, has announced a strategic partnership to develop further WGA?s disruptive, green water desalination technology, at the sidelines of the Saudi Water Forum

This partnership agreement represents a key element within ACWA Power?s ambitious technology innovation roadmap that aims to deliver exceptional value to future projects and to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as it will involve the integration of WGA?s Hydraulic Injection Desalination (HID) into ACWA Power projects

Thomas Altmann, executive vice-president of innovation and new technology at ACWA Power, commented, ?Seawater desalination is an energy-intensive process and ACWA Power has already pioneered a paradigm shift in the industry and significantly reduced the energy consumption to unprecedented low levels. This partnership with WGA will fast-track the next step-change in energy efficiency to pave the way towards the deployment of greener technologies through innovation. We look forward to implementing this technology?and more?in support of ACWA Power?s mission to reliably and responsibly deliver power and water at low cost.? 

Eusebi Nomen, one of WGA HID inventors said, ?Our goal is to reach society by the end of this year with scalable, robust seawater desalination technology with low maintenance costs and minimal environmental impact, capable of transforming the freshwater paradigm.?

This technology represents a breakthrough desalination innovation. Classified as ?green? technology, HID is considered as an environmentally friendly option in desalination as chemical treatment of water is not required and the brine released is entirely green. Additionally, the HID energy consumption is substantially lower than that required by existing desalinisation technologies and its thermodynamic principles have been proven in a prototype unit. Recent computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling has successfully confirmed that WGA?s technology allows for the desalination of 40,000-ppm seawater with a Specific Energy Consumption (SEC) of less than 1.9kWh ? nearly a third lower than existing SWRO projects. 

The company reinforced its position as the largest private water desalination operator in the world, an industry technology innovation leader, reliably and responsibly building water resources globally, while complementing the theme of the Saudi Water Forum: Water Sustainability. A Responsibility for All.

During the Saudi Water Forum, Thomas Altmann, executive vice-president, innovation and new technology at ACWA Power, took part in a panel discussion titled ?Integrated Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU) with RO Seawater Desalination? and shared insights on the utilisation of carbon dioxide in reverse osmosis plants and the resulting enhancement in relation to greener desalination.