Reverse-osmosis technology shifting energy demand

27 November 2012

Conference told that desalination plants are becoming more energy efficient

New reverse-osmosis (RO) desalination plants use much less power than their previous incarnations, the Middle East Water & Wastewater Conference was told on 27 November. Electricity consumption is now to 4-5 kilowatt hours (kWh) for each cubic metre of water produced.

“Saving energy is now a top priority for the water industry,” said Leon Awerbuch, former president of the International Desalination Association (IDA).

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