RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – The King Abdulaziz City of Science and Technology (KACST) has opened what it is calling the world’s first “adsorption water desalination and cooling plant”, known as ADC.
The process, with a cooling capacity of up to 1 MW and desalinated water production up to 100 m3/day, is co-owned between the National University of Singapore (NUS) and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia.
Electrical consumption for the process has been reported at below 1.2 KWh/m3, with OPEX costs said to be below $0.40/ m3.
The project was initiated in April 2014 through a collaboration agreement with (KAUST), TAQNIA (Saudi Investment Company), Singapore firm, Medad Technologies and Polish company NET.
A press release on the project stated: “ADC Plant project is a unique example of new multinational IP commercialization, where the invention by Saudi University (KAUST) was next realized by KACST into a semi-industrial scale plant located in KACST Solar Village, and is currently worldwide the largest existing adsorption chiller installation.”