Energy Recovery awarded $1.4mn solar desal deal

US firm scoops contract to supply technology to project in Saudi Arabia.

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Energy Recovery announced an award for $1.4mn to supply its PX Pressure Exchanger® technology for the world’s first large-scale solar-powered desalination plant, located in Saudi Arabia.

The order is expected to ship during the first quarter of 2016.
Energy Recovery will supply its PX-Q300 Pressure Exchanger devices as part of a project that will supply 60,000 cubic meters of fresh water per day.

Energy Recovery estimates the PX devices will reduce plant power consumption by 8.4 MW, saving over 73 GWh of energy per year. The plant is expected to be online by the first quarter of 2017.

Energy Recovery’s President and CEO Joel Gay said: “As a company at the vanguard of desalination technology, we are proud to be part of a project that represents another great leap forward for the industry.

“Our PX Pressure Exchanger technology continues to play a crucial role in desalination processes, even as plant designs evolve, which increases my confidence that our technology will remain critical to this industry for a long time to come.”

In January this year Abengoa was selected by Advanced Water Technology (AWT) to jointly develop the world’s first large-scale desalination plant to be powered by solar energy.

AWT is the commercial arm of KACST (King Abdulaziz City Science and Technology) and is owned by Taqnia.


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