ACWA Power to partner with Water Global Access in integrating industrial-scale disruptive technology in desalination

ACWA Power se asocia con Water Global Access para integrar la tecnología disruptiva a escala industrial en la desalinización

Hydraulic Injection Desalination (HID) technology in plants uses one third less energy top-of-the-line seawater reverse osmosis desalination plants, and ten times less than traditional thermal desalination facilities

ACWA Power, signed an industrial development agreement with Water Global Access, a research and technology development firm, to integrate Hydraulic Injection Desalination (HID) technology at scale. The agreement was signed on the side lines of the Future of Desalination International Conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The agreement comes six months after both companies signed a collaboration agreement to develop a roadmap for HID across ACWA Power’s projects. The latest agreement will involve the implementation of a pilot project that includes HID in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region, following research that has demonstrated that the technology has the potential to break the 2.0 kilowatt per hour (kWhr) barrier of energy consumption to produce one cubic metre of water from seawater.

Energy consumption in desalination plants is also referred to as the total specific energy consumption. HID’s results indicate a step change against the most energy-efficient commercial seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination facilities, which consumes approximately 3 kWh/m3 and more than 10% improvement compared to the current Guinness book record for an SWRO pilot plant of 2.271 kWh to produce a cubic meter of water.

Total specific energy consumption is a metric that has a direct impact on the operating costs of a desalination facility. For private companies that operate in the same industry, desalinated water is sold to governments on long-term contracts over a fixed tariff. In ACWA Power’s case, the company has found a direct relationship between reduction in tariffs, and reduction in energy consumption. This means that a reduction in energy used to produce water will result in lower tariffs for government tender purposes.

A demonstration project is expected to be completed by 2023. If the project demonstrates the same outcomes in using less than 2kwhr/m3, then ACWA Power will have the lowest rate of specific energy consumption in producing desalinated water from seawater in the GCC region.