US announces $9m prize for solar-powered desalination projects

The competition aims to develop cost-cutting systems to increase freshwater supply across the US

EU flicks switch on Gaza’s biggest solar facility

It will provide electricity to a water desalination plant

US invests $21m in innovative solar desalination technologies

The investment will focus on expanding access to freshwater in remote areas

Energy-saving makes a splash in Saudi Arabia

An energy solutions provider has been awarded $2.5 million (£1.9m) for desalination projects in Saudi Arabia. Energy Recovery’s technology uses pressure energy that would otherwise be wasted to slash power consumption and help increase the lifespan of pumps used to create clean water. This is performed with 98% efficiency and without using any electrical power. […]

Solar powered structure could make sea water drinkable

A solar powered structure that could make sea water drinkable has been designed. Khalili Engineers have submitted initial designs of ‘The Pipe’ to the 2016 Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) in Santa Monica. The cigar-shaped structure would sit offshore, using the 10,000MWh generated by its solar panels to make 4.5 billion litres of drinking water from the sea. […]

360 litres of radioactive water leak at Japan’s nuclear plant

Around 360 litres of radioactive water was found leaking at the Fukushima nuclear plant (pictured) in Japan. Owner Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said it had suspended operations at the desalination unit earlier today after the leak was detected. The affected unit removes salt from contaminated seawater used to cool reactors after radioactive materials have […]

Masdar’s renewables-powered desalination plants

An energy company in the UAE has launched a project to develop plants which turn seawater into drinking water using renewable energy. The Gulf region accounts for nearly 50% of the words desalinated water. In the UAE, which sits on the coast of the Gulf of Oman, seawater desalination requires around 10 times more energy […]