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Solar Water is partnering with the UK’s Cranfield University which is the world leader in the technology related to Concentrating Solar Power and Desalination.
Cranfield has the only UK research team working exclusively on Concentrating Solar Power.
The leading Professor in Concentrating Solar Power is Prof Chris Sansom FHEA, who is Head of Renewable Energy Systems Centre at Cranfield and Prof Sansom is also on the Board of Solar Water plc and holds a 5% stake in the company.
Dr Sansom's current research activities are in CSP (Concentrating Solar Power), solar thermal materials and applications, thermal energy storage, and thermal energy harvesting.
Spearheading UK research on CSP, his current projects include concentrating solar power for electrical power generation, solar collector characterisation and ageing evaluation, polymer films for solar power plant heliostats and line-focus solar collectors, linear Fresnel community scale CSP, heliostat design and manufacture, solar thermal heating and cooling, solar driven desalination and water purification, thermal storage, and nanostructured thermo-electric devices for energy harvesting.
Current collaborations include work with Egypt, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Libya, Jordan, Algeria, Tunisia, and Pakistan. He currently supervises three PhD students, eight taught MSc student projects, an MSc by Research student, all on CSP or solar thermal related research topics.
Dr Sansom is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA); a Member of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES), and the sole UK representative on the EERA (European Energy Research Alliance) Joint Programme on CSP (Concentrating Solar Power). Dr Sansom also lectures on Solar Radiation - Fundamentals and Models, Solar Power: Thermal Collector Types, Applications of Solar Thermal, Solar Energy - CSP/PV Materials and Applications, Energy Harvesting, and Statistical Techniques in an industrial environment.
Amohst Dr Sansom's PhD Researchers is Sunday Ochella. Sunday obtained his BEng degree in Electrical Engineering from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria in 2005.
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British company Solar Water plc was selected by a subsidiary of the US$500b Public Investment Fund (the Saudi Arabia Sovereign Wealth Fund) which is developing the world’s first carbon neutral city (“NEOM”) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The contract provides the NEOM project with Solar Water plc’s flagship desalination technology. This uses solar concentration to power the conversion of sea water rather than hydrocarbons.
As a signal of the importance of the carbon neutral technology developed in the UK, NEOM has exchanged contracts with Solar Water plc and first payment made.
Nadhmi Al-Nasr, CEO of NEOM, said: “Easy access to abundant seawater and fully renewable energy resources means NEOM is perfectly placed to produce low cost, sustainable fresh water through solar desalination. This type of technology is a powerful reminder of our commitment to supporting innovation, championing environmental conservation and delivering exceptional livability. Working together with the Saudi Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture we can expand the implementation of this technology beyond NEOM.”
Solar Water Plc has entered a contract with the Jordan Phosphate Mines Company (JPMC) whose Chairman is a former Minister of the Public Sector Development of Jordan. Freshwater will be supplied by a 40m Solar WaterTM desalinator dome, positioned right next to the JPMC plant, and will begin supplying freshwater by mid-2021.
During the last six decades, JPMC has assumed its pioneering position among the international companies in the fields of mining and producing fertilizer and JPMC has become a major component of the Jordanian economic structure and export markets.
The Jordan BOT contract envisages that Solar Water pls will build a 40 metre diameter dome desalinator with target fresh water production of 4,500,000 m3/year, on basis of a 25 year contract on land in the Aqaba Industrial Complex within the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (“ASEZA”).
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Creating sustainable fresh water from desalinating seawater using Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) — SWCSP – Solar Water.
As only 3% of the world is freshwater and a growing population, (expected to hit 9.7 billion in 2050) it means that there is a growing problem with shortage of fresh water according to UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 2015.
The problem has been addressed so far by converting seawater into freshwater through desalination by using fossil fuels. It has been necessary to do this as the population of the earth shares the same 35 million km3 out of the 1.4 billion km3 water there is. Yet, this raises a new problem as the fossil fuel emits pollutants and speeds up climate change which in turn makes the water shortage problem even worse as it results in higher temperatures and droughts.
This EU funded project aims at collecting real world data and creating designs for a fully functioning sea water desalination dome, powered 100% by solar energy to create sustainable fresh water for industrial, municipal, agricultural and domestic use. By using concentrating solar power, the technology avoids fossil fuels, is low cost, carbon neutral and low on emission of pollutants.