NEOM, the $500 billion mega-city project in Saudi Arabia, is taking a proactive role in reducing the carbon footprint of the energy-intensive desalination process.
In an interview with Arab News, Peter Terium, CEO of NEOM’s water and electricity subsidiary ENOWA, said that the company is using renewable energy to power its desalination plants. Terium also stressed the importance of wastewater treatment, as it is part of the circular systems.
NEOM has also invested in hydrogen production, which it sees as a key part of its energy transition strategy. In March, ENOWA signed an agreement with Air Products Qudra to build, own and operate NEOM’s first hydrogen fueling station.
The project supports the giga-projects’s environmental development goals by providing a large-scale decarbonizing solution and the critical infrastructure for sustainability.
Roland Kaeppner, executive director of Hydrogen and Green Fuels at ENOWA, shed light on the present landscape of hydrogen usage, emphasizing how hydrogen holds a critical position in the decarbonization journey, with the potential to power vehicles, rockets, and other essential applications. He also highlighted that approximately 100 million tons of hydrogen globally serve as a vital industrial feedstock, with the refining sector being a primary beneficiary.
NEOM’s commitment to renewable energy and green desalination is an important step in the Kingdom’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and achieve its Vision 2030 goals. NEOM is using a variety of technologies to power its desalination plants with renewable energy, including solar and wind power. The company is also investing in hydrogen production, which it sees as a key part of its energy transition strategy.
NEOM’s initiative to use renewable energy to power desalination and reduce its carbon footprint is a significant step forward for the development of the green desalination industry. It will help to reduce the Kingdom’s reliance on fossil fuels and achieve its Vision 2030 goals.