MANAMA, Bahrain, Feb. 3, 2011 -- A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between German company Synlift Systems and Jade Consultancy could see wind powered desalination introduced to Bahrain for the first time.
The agreement will see the consultancy provide project management support on customizing the design concept of seawater desalination powered by wind energy.
Extensive laboratory studies simulating Gulf region conditions are said to have shown such a concept is both technically and commercially viable.
H.E. Dr. Hubert Lang, ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in the Kingdom of Bahrain, said: "Since some years I have been trying to promote the idea of alternative and clean energy sources in the Kingdom of Bahrain. We all know by now that nuclear energy is by far not the best solution and we absolutely must look for other energy sources and resources.
"They are there, waiting to be used: the sun, the wind, the waves and others. The technologies to use these sources efficiently already exist and more scientific research on them is taking place."
Last year saw IBM sign a collaborative research agreement with Saudi Arabian research group, the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, to develop a desalination plant in the city of Al-Khafi that is expected be powered by solar energy.