The use of renewable energy in desalination and water purification – Al-Bilad Newspaper

The use of renewable energy in desalination and water purification – Al-Bilad Newspaper

country – Jeddah

Today, the Kingdom celebrates with the international community on the occasion of World Water Day. World Water Day, which the world celebrates on March 22 every year since 1993, is based on the importance of fresh water. The celebration of this day is intended to raise awareness that more than two billion people do not have access to safe drinking water around the world. This occasion also relates to taking action to address the global water crisis. In this regard, we find that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is interested in providing water resources and their sustainability, as well as enhancing the security and sustainability of water, attracting and attracting investments to the water sector, and achieving integrated management of water resources, in addition to exchanging and localizing experiences to achieve the sustainability of water resources, in addition to paying attention to the concept of accountability. Water resources, water economics, enhancing the utilization of traditional water sources, in addition to privatization and investment in the water sector, and ways to regulate the utilization of treated water through the planning of wastewater treatment plants. In line with these efforts, the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture is working systematically to achieve economic sustainability of the water sector by applying the concepts of water accounting, circular economy and water value, encouraging the private sector’s contribution to financing and developing water resources and services, and continuing to work on developing institutional and regulatory water governance. To ensure the sustainability of the water sector and achieve the objectives of the National Water Strategy and the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 for the water sector.

The Ministry is also moving forward towards strengthening efforts in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to localize the desalination industry and its technologies and joint investment to achieve economic and environmental sustainability and expand the use of renewable energy in desalination and water purification, in addition to production techniques from traditional sources, and launch a series of initiatives in schools and universities within the framework of introducing and educating the importance of Water and its value and instilling concepts of rationalization while conducting studies related to human behavior to achieve water awareness and adopt good water practices, in addition to working to expand community participation and the participation of the third sector to meet the challenges of the water sector in the Kingdom, with a focus on spreading the concept of economic sustainability and the value of water to raise the efficiency of its use and preservation In addition to adopting the concepts of integrated water resources management and providing the necessary capabilities to transform into applying this concept, and working to develop academic programs to localize capacities and scientific research in the water field, achieving the sustainability of traditional resources through the integration of surface and groundwater resources management and maximizing the use of renewable water and water harvesting. rains.

Water is a blessing from God – the Almighty – to sustain life, and it is the backbone of life, and it is one of the necessary elements for survival, and just as life without it is impossible, development without it is also impossible.
Although water constitutes nearly seventy percent of the earth’s surface, there are more than two billion people on earth who suffer from the problem of water shortage, and this problem is expected to worsen in the coming years.
During the past few decades in the Kingdom, traditional water sources, surface and groundwater waters, and non-traditional sources such as desalination water and treated wastewater were developed, and great efforts were made by the state, such as building dams and geological studies necessary for the development of groundwater, and thousands of wells were dug for drinking water all over the world. In the Kingdom, many desalination plants and water transmission pipelines and networks were built within cities.

In the same context, the Saline Water Conversion Corporation continues its technologies to promote the circular carbon economy approach with its four pillars of reduction, reuse, recycling and removal. It also has pioneering experiences in enhancing the security of water supply and improving the management and exploitation of resources. As a result of these efforts The Kingdom has ensured the security and sustainability of the water supply to enhance the targeted economic transformation within the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
Not only that, but the Corporation has its expertise in designing, constructing and operating the first commercial desalinated water system in the world using nanotechnologies, extracting magnesium from brine reflux water at a rate of up to 85% and raising the magnesium concentration from 1400/1 mg to 7000/1 mg and increasing the rate of Extraction of reverse osmosis membranes from 40% to 53%, in addition to the latest research experiments to extract solid, high-purity magnesium hydroxide from salt slurry, equivalent to 99%.


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