Water and power are inextricably linked. You need water to generate energy, and power industries such as South Africa’s concentrated solar power (CSP) generator plants are some of the biggest water consumers globally. And, consequently, also some of the biggest wastewater producers.
We share how wastewater treatment can help solve these issues.
What are Concentrated Solar Power Plants?
Concentrated solar power plants use mirrors or lenses to direct the sun’s energy, driving steam turbines or engines to create energy. You can often store this energy to use whenever it’s necessary, regardless of whether the sun’s out.
These plants are generally located in arid regions as it requires high levels of direct sunlight. Together with the effects of windage, it further complicates the water requirement issues.
What Do CSP Plants Require Water for?
CSP plants use surface waters collected from lakes, wells, rivers, etc., in several ways, such as cooling systems, mirror cleaning, and other operational usages.
Wastewater left behind in these processes gather in evaporation ponds. And to safely dispose of this wastewater and for recycling or reuse, treatment is necessary.
Why Wastewater Needs Treatment for Reuse
Most concentrated solar plants have evaporation ponds where wastewater is collected. When these water levels start to rise, it poses health, environmental, and operational risks.
Wastewater collected in evaporation ponds can also be high in metals and other harmful pollutants, posing risks to the environment, humans, and wildlife when released back into the ecosystem, which is where wastewater treatment comes in.
Water Treatment Solutions in the Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Industry
NuWater’s mobile and scalable wastewater and desalination treatment plants can assist with centralised and decentralised operations, allowing us to remediate water sources regardless of where your CSP plant is located.
With our systems, we can help turn reclaimed water into high-quality water to keep your operations running without a hitch.
Benefits of Recycling CSP Plant Wastewater
Due to the power industry’s high water usage, there’s also increased scrutiny on them to abide by these regulations. Recycling wastewater ensures that these plants leave a lighter ecological footprint and empowers them to abide by environmental laws and government legislation.
At NuWater, we’ve designed and build premium desalination system that set performance, productivity, and reliability benchmarks.
What is Recycled Wastewater Used for?
The recycled wastewater is either used as potable water or released back to its source after treatment. And to meet environmental and government legislation, businesses need to ensure that this recycled water is of high quality and suitable for reuse to avoid heavy penalties and potentially even closure.
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