A team of researchers from the Solar Equipment Development Unit (SEDU) of Bou Ismail (Tipasa) has recently developed equipment for the desalination of seawater that is 100% solar powered and / or photovoltaic, announced Monday the director of the Center for Development of Renewable Energy (CDRE).
The director of the CDRE Yassa Noureddine told to APS that this is a project, entitled “Development of technologies by the exploitation of solar energy in the desalination of brackish water and sea following thermal membrane techniques”, included in the framework of different research programs of CDRE centers.
The project combines two desalination technologies based on solar. The first so-called membrane distillation process powered by solar thermal panels, has low capacity estimated at 100L / hour. As for the second process, which has been the subject of an evaluation study, it is based on the reverse osmosis process, powered by photovoltaic cells. The combination of the two processes increases the volume of treated water while minimizing the amount of brine produced.
Noureddine Yassaâ These features allow a very fast installation and a perfect adaptation to the specific needs of arid and semi-arid regions suffering from a deficiency of drinking water.
In the 2nd phase of the project, SEDU researchers are interested in the desalination of water intended for agricultural irrigation, added the official, underlining the high scientific and socio-economic value of this project, ensuring energy autonomy, doubled a reduction in fees.
This seawater desalination program is in tune with the national needs related to the development of new technologies that will reduce expenditures related to desalination of seawater, especially as Algeria has a coastline of 1,600 km long, it can operate at lower cost, in parallel with the exploitation of brackish groundwater in arid and semi-arid regions.