Water desalination milestones and new challenges to come
In his latest LinkedIn article, Carlos Cosin, CEO of Almar Water Solutions, the dedicated water solutions unit at Abdul Latif Jameel Energy, outlines the significant milestones achieved to date in non-conventional water sources such as desalination.
With more than 21,000 desalination plants now located around the world, renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, geothermal and nuclear energy have proven to be viable competitive solutions. The increase in global water demand is expected to continue at a similar rate until 2050, 20 to 30% higher than the current level of water use.
“2019 was the year with the highest number of seawater desalination projects contracted due to the awarding of several mega-contracts, and the market is expected to remain strong despite COVID-19. The desalination market is currently dominated by a small number of projects in the Gulf and the Middle East, with capacities of more than 300,000 m3/day. This indicates that the water sector has remained resilient despite the circumstances, although it is true that the industrial market has been affected to a greater extent. This boom in mega-projects in the Gulf will be the defining trend in the desalination market over the next five years.”
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