World’s largest solar-power water plant

November 7th, 2019, Published in Articles: Energize

The water desalination experts Rawafid Industrial and Advanced Water Technology (AWT) have built an ultra-modern plant for extracting drinking water on the coast of the Arabian Gulf in response to demand for a reliable supply of drinking water for a growing population. Sea water is processed here in a two-stage, solar-powered reverse osmosis process to produce fresh water. Some of the key challenges involved in the project included the tight schedule and the capacity of the plant – up to 90 000 m3 of water can be processed here every day. Rawafid Industrial relies on Siemens solutions for the electrical equipment, automation with integrated drive technology, communication, and instrumentation. Efficient use of solar energy significantly reduces the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the plant compared to plants using electricity from non-renewable sources. In addition to this, the Siemens technology ensures a plant availability of approximately 98%.

Contact Jennifer Naidoo, Siemens, Tel 011 652-2795,

Related Articles

  • Register now for the 2019 SAIEE national conference
  • The fourth industrial revolution: Are we fit to face the future?
  • Relevant skills required to survive and thrive in the fourth industrial revolution
  • Environmental sustainability strategy launched
  • After stalling last year, renewable power capacity hits double-digit growth in 2019