MoU to jointly research energy-saving technologies for SWRO desalination plants.
ACWA Power, a Saudi-listed company and the world’s largest private water desalination company, the first mover into green hydrogen, and a leader in energy transition, recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Japanese technology provider Toray Industries, to explore energy-saving technologies for seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination plants.
Signed on the sidelines of the Saudi-Japan Investment Roundtable organised by the Ministry of Investment, the MoU will see the two companies engaging in joint research to reduce the energy consumption associated with membranes used in ACWA Power’s desalination plants.
ACWA Power will share operational details of its plants with Toray, allowing the latter to analyse and provide commercially viable solutions to improve energy efficiency.
“This collaboration with Toray contributes to our vision to improve the way energy is utilised in the desalination of water and furthers our commitment to providing potable water to communities in a responsible, sustainable and cost-effective manner,” stated Raad Al Saady, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, ACWA Power.
“We are proud to support ACWA Power’s commitment to sustainability by jointly researching innovative ways to enhance the energy efficiency of membrane technologies, contributing to the overall sustainability objectives of both ACWA Power and Saudi Arabia,” commented Kimio Kimura, President of Toray Membrane Middle East.
Since 2007, ACWA Power has utilised Toray’s advanced solutions in several projects. Currently, nearly 4 million cubic metre per day (cbm/day) of desalinated water produced out of eight plants in ACWA Power’s portfolio, a press communique concluded.