Masdar has announced the outcomes from its Renewable Energy Desalination Pilot Programme in Ghantoot, Abu Dhabi during an insight session at the International Water Summit (IWS), which shows that solar energy powered desalination is commercially viable in Abu Dhabi.
Masdar commissioned five pilot projects during the programme to explore the feasibility of using renewable energy to power seawater desalination and test novel, energy-efficient desalination technologies.
The outcomes of the pilot projects were published in a report presented during the IWS Insight Session titled: Energy efficient desalination: Results from the Ghantoot pilot studies.
The findings of the report revealed that solar energy-driven seawater desalination using reverse osmosis technologies offers a commercially attractive, low-cost and sustainable long-term solution for seawater desalination in the Gulf region.
The report also revealed that energy efficiency improvements of up to 75 per cent were achieved through the programme compared with existing technologies employed in the UAE.