ACWA Power signs deal with Water Global Access
This agreement with the research and technology development firm is to integrate Hydraulic Injection Desalination (HID) technology at scale.
The agreement was signed on the side lines of the Future of Desalination International Conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The deal comes six months after both companies signed a collaboration agreement to develop a roadmap for HID across ACWA Power’s projects.
The latest agreement will involve the implementation of a pilot project that includes HID in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region, following research that has demonstrated that the technology has the potential to break the 2 kilowatt per hour (kWhr) barrier of energy consumption to produce one cubic metre of water from seawater.
Energy consumption in desalination plants is also referred to as the total specific energy consumption. HID’s results indicate a step change against the most energy-efficient commercial seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination facilities, which consumes approximately 3 kWh/m3 and more than 10% improvement compared to the current Guinness book record for an SWRO pilot plant of 2.271 kWh to produce a cubic meter of water.