DESOLINATION: more power, more water and less emission of CO2

Green deal: a project of Politecnico combines solar power technology and desalination of water, tackling three problems in one

Project DESOLINATION , Code name of "Demonstration of concentrated SOLar power coupled wIth advaNced desAlinaTion system in the gulf regION", was funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 program.

With a total investment of over 12 million euros, over a period of 48 months and with the coperation of 19 academic and business partners around the world , of which the Politecnico is the lead partner, the research group will experiment with innovative solutions for concentrated solar energy and for water desalination . The researchers will work on integrating these two technologies with potential applications of unprecedented levels of efficiency.


The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region has been identified as the experimentation area for the project: a pilot plant will be put into operation in Saudi Arabia which for the first time will combine the two technologies and which will offer electricity at the same time. and desalinated water at affordable prices, while ensuring a substantial reduction in the level of CO2 emissions compared to the currently most popular desalination systems. Find out more about the European project DESOLINATION at this link .

The project will involve 19 partners in 9 European Union countries and 3 GCC countries, including universities and research centers (Politecnico di Milano, Fraunhofer Institute, Lund University, Cranfield University, Tekniker, Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology, University of Brescia , Technical University of Eindhoven, University of Maribor, Luleå University of Technology, King Saud University, University of Bahrain and German University of Technology), industrial companies (Baker Hughes, Cobra and ACSP), and Small and medium-sized enterprises (Protarget, Temisth and Euroquality).

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The coordinator of the project is Alumnus and teacher of the Department of Energy of the Politecnico di Milano Giampaolo Manzolini, who recently participated in another European project: FReSMe (From residual steel gasses to methanol).

The research group of the Politecnico di Milano, led by Manzolin, in this case had the role of optimize from an energy, environmental and economic point of view, the design of a plant for the production of methanol from carbon dioxide and hydrogen (residues from steel production) .

According to the researchers' estimates, the system developed during the 4 years of work could help reduce carbon dioxide emissions in Italian steel mills by at least 61% compared to the current situation.

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