Riyadh-headquartered Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) – Saudi Arabia’s second largest electrical provider – has signed a research cooperation memorandum of understanding (MoU) with an American company specialised in innovation in the field of water desalination that has a proven track record in developing and manufacturing energy recovery equipment.
According to the memorandum, SWCC aims to benefit from a modern device to recover energy in the desalination process by reverse osmosis in desalination plants, which could potentially reduce energy use by more than 50%; increase the production of desalinated water by 20%; raise the degree of brine concentration to 15%; and reduce its cost by more than 15%.
The memorandum, which supports desalination efforts, also establishes constructive cooperation relations with global partners. The firm plans to start applying the energy recovery device to the zero-brine technology.
The memorandum also coincides with the firm’s move to the second stage of the application of zero-return technique in desalination plants, according to the state-run Saudi Press Agency.
The second stage will focus on reducing the operational and capital costs of the zero-return technique; increasing the concentration of brine; and reducing the cost of producing desalinated water from seawater.