DESOLINATION - DEmonstration of concentrated SOLar power coupled wIth advaNced desAlinaTion system in the gulf regION

Project Description

The Horizon 2020 project DESOLINATION will develop an innovative process coupling concentrated solar power and forward osmosis technologies for simultaneous co-production renewable electricity and fresh water: the Project will address the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals n° 6 (fresh water), 7 (clean energy) and 13 (climate action).

Started on June 1st 2021, DESOLINATION will demonstrate the concept at 2 MWel scale on the premises of King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This prototype will provide low-cost renewable electricity (<90 €/MWh) and low-cost fresh water (<0.9 €/m3) thanks to the abundant solar resource and the mutual synergies between the concentrated solar power and forward osmosis technologies.

Overall, the DESOLINATION process is expected to bring about a substantial reduction of CO2 emissions from traditional desalination systems: 30% reduction with respect to actual forward osmosis systems, 40% reduction with respect to reverse osmosis systems, and 70% reduction with respect to thermal desalination systems.

The consortium is constituted by 19 European and Arabian partners collaborating to the project, with the support of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The consortium accounts for 12 Universities, 1 Research Center, 3 Industrials and 3 SMEs.

The DESOLINATION project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 101022686