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Renewable energy for integrated water and power

Rural communities in the southern and eastern Mediterranean may not be connected to the main power grid or water supply. The answer lies in the ability of water and power authorities to identify innovative, fast and cost-effective solutions based on renewable energy sources.

Climate Change and Environment

The EU-funded project 'Systems Analysis Environment for the Integration of Renewable Energy with De-central Water and Power Production in Mediterranean Partner Countries' (Resysprodesal) transferred knowledge on the integration of renewable energy technologies with local water and power services to Mediterranean partner countries (MPCs). Hybrid power generation from renewable and fossil sources was also considered for reasons of operational flexibility, affordability and competitiveness. The Resysprodesal initiative identified opportunities for using renewable energy in MPCs. Project partners supplied training and capacity building for conducting integrated water and power point (IWPP) assessments under local conditions. The outcomes of the initiative aimed to help encourage the use of renewable energy for power and water desalination. Training included use of the Resysprodesal analysis tool, an Internet-based computational system for the technical and economic assessment of projects. The tool was used to identify technically feasible and affordable solutions for providing water and power to villages and rural areas. By conducting their own detailed assessments, MPCs were able to avoid the expense of using external consultants. The project successfully supported the work of water and power engineers based in the Middle East and North Africa. This was achieved by providing knowledge of IWPP concepts, water treatment and renewable energy technologies.

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