By Larry Dignan
Posting in Cities
IBM and the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), Saudia Arabia's research arm, are collaborating on a solar-powered water desalination plant.
IBM and the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), Saudia Arabia's research arm, said Thursday they are collaborating on a solar-powered water desalination plant.
The research effort aims to do the following:
- Create a desalination plant with production of 30,000 cubic meters a day;
- Build it in Al Kharfji to serve 100,000 people;
- Power the plant with ultra-high concentrator photovoltaic (UHCPV) technology jointly developed by IBM and KACST;
- Desalinate water using IBM and KACST jointly developed nanomembrane that filters out salt and toxins with less energy.
These desalination efforts are critical given that 97 percent of the Earth's water resides in oceans. If cheap desalination methods can be developed clean water would be more accessible in the developing world.
Apr 8, 2010
Interesting partnership between KACST and IBM to pursue solar-powered desalination in Saudi Arabia. This could be really profitable green tech for the Middle East and the rest of the world as fresh water supplies diminish. Researching how to make your company, product, or next project more Green? Go to www.greencollareconomy.com for sustainability white papers and the largest b2b green directory on the web.