Concentrating Solar Power to Be Used in Seawater Desalination within the Gulf Cooperation Council

Mohammed Saleh Al. Ansari


The research discussed in this paper is intended to shed some light on the potential that exists when concentrating technology of solar thermal energy for use in Gulf Cooperation Council Countries, or most commonly referred to as GCC. The research provides the opportunity to study the technologies related to the concentration of solar power technologies along with water desalination demands and fresh water availability, which in turn leads to the jeoparadization of water resources that are derived from the ground. Desalination plants that are solar powered, within the Gulf Cooperation Council countries comprise of Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, UAE, and Bahrain. The study recognizes that a political structure is required for introducing the premier foundation of solar power and desalination as well as ensuring comprehension of the proposal.

The study evaluates solar energy accessible resources and the costs of integrating this alternative energy source, desalination of water, long standing scenarios of integrating power production technologies into the water sectors, and quantifying the socio-economic and environmental impacts of this alternative energy notion.

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Energy and Environment Research   ISSN 1927-0569 (Print)   ISSN 1927-0577 (Online)
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