The Red Sea Development Company has commissioned the first plant to produce fresh water made entirely from sunlight and air to protect the natural environment. This is a sustainable development that helps reduce carbon emissions and is a complement to Saudi Arabia tourism product which has adopted diversity and development according to the Kingdom’s vision for 2030.
The Chief Administrator of the Red Sea Development Company and Spokesperson, Eng. Ahmed Darwish, confirmed that the launch of this pioneering project in collaboration with the water desalination company “Source Global” corresponds to what the Saudi multi-product tourism sector is witness to, which in various ways meet the tourist demand of the distinctive Red Sea destination becomes.
And that the solar-powered desalination plant with a production capacity of 2 million bottles and a capacity of 330 ml per year is the largest of its kind. However, it will produce 300,000 bottles per year at an early stage, as will the reusable glass bottles being refilled within the facility as part of the distribution model. It’s cyclical and completely sustainable. The collection and filling of water helps to achieve CO2 neutrality and the elimination of non-recyclable plastic bottles.
Darwish emphasized the company’s willingness to play an important role and be a part of ambitious Saudi youth in achieving these sustainable goals, noting that the need for manpower on the ward was identified with 30 job opportunities, of which at least 10 were be assigned to Saudis who receive intensive on-the-job training.
He stated that a distinctive ideal location for the construction of this solar powered station has been identified, indicating that the specialists at the station’s location and through the virtual surveying have installed hydrogen panels, with a plan that will enhance the station’s efficiency and success to ensure a water desalination project from sunlight and air and 100 hydrogen panels will also be installed. Based on the second and third phase expansion plans, a total of 1,200 hydrogen panels will be installed and the station will be equipped with the necessary machinery and equipment and recyclable bottles from UK based companies.
The project on the Red Sea
Working on solar energy
He noted that the water desalination technology, which the Red Sea Development Company is pursuing as a sustainable goal, works without a connection to the national power plant and is satisfied with solar energy to increase the degree of condensation in hydrogen panels and create high pressure quality pure water, and adds that the performance of hydrogen panels in each water station can be smartly monitored through an application, knowing the key statistics about the amount of water produced, the environmental impact of hydrogen panels and the maintenance needs of the device.
It is noteworthy that this water desalination technology, managed with 100% Saudi efficiency, conforms to many local and international water quality standards, including the Gulf Standards Organization (GSO), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) and the regulations of the Ministry of Environment and Water. And agriculture, in addition to the requirements of the water factories.