Iran pilots solar desalination

Iran has begun pilot testing on a solar-powered desalination plant in an arid region in the south of the country.

“The pilot test of the solar-powered desalination unit has been kicked off in Hormozgan province,” announced manager of engineering and technology at Iran’s National Water and Wastewater Engineering Company (NWWEC), Hossein Ataeifar. He said the test results will be used to commercialize the systems. The pilot followed successful laboratory research according to NWWEC.

“Desalinating seawater is the only way to deal with shortage of water in the province,” said managing director of NWWEC in Hormozgan province, Hossein Khademi. He said there was a serious shortage of water in 14 cities of Hormozgan and insisted that the problem of access to fresh water resources within the province can be resolved by desalinating seawater.