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Optimal engineering design for dependable water and power generation in remote areas using renewable energies and intelligent automation

Objective

To combat water scarcity and desertification, intensive desalination activities have been carried out in remote arid regions. However, desalting is resources and energy intensive, which are limited and expensive. Thus, water production must be increased while keeping the consumption of resources affordable. For remote arid areas, de-centralised solutions for energy and water co-production offer advantages over large central production sites. Finally, skilled personnel is normally absent in such areas, what demands dependable systems. To implement all this, a highly qualified consortium complemented by experienced subcontracting companies was established.

This project offers a solution to cost optimal co-production of energy and water using renewable energy besides diesel generators. Cost optimisation is achieved through a high level of automation, which is necessary to adapt the working conditions to the strongly varying renewable energy supply, and remote maintenance. The approach is based on thorough modelling of the processes and offers a large degree of flexibility in the design to meet different production requirements. The project's work packages are so organised that high teamwork with less management effort is possible. The later transfer from R& TD to the manufacturers will lead to new products with increased benefits. Companies will reduce cost due to an optimal engineering design.

They can also offer better maintenance services based on higher reliability and remote monitoring. European countries will become more familiar with the MPC regional demands. This shall lead to a decisive advantage in the international market with a better access for their products to MPC and MENA countries. The new product shall also improve the quality of life in the affected regions and MPC will obtain a better access to European R&TD; their personnel of water authorities and power suppliers shall obtain an added qualification for engineering services.

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Coordinator

RUPRECHT-KARLS-UNIVERSITAET HEIDELBERG

Address

Seminarstr. 2
Heidelberg

Germany

Administrative Contact

Essameddin BADREDDIN (Prof.)

Participants (7)

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AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF BEIRUT

Lebanon

CENTRE DE DEVELOPPEMENT DES ENERGIES RENOUVELABLES

Algeria

CENTRE DE RECHERCHES ET TECHNOLOGIES DE L'ENERGIE

Tunisia

NATIONAL ENERGY RESEARCH CENTRE JORDAN

Jordan

NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS

Greece

UNIVERSIDAD DE VALLADOLID

Spain

UNIVERSITAET MANNHEIM

Germany

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 32535

  • Start date

    1 January 2007

  • End date

    31 December 2010

Funded under:

FP6-INCO

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 416 345

  • EU contribution

    € 1 299 985

Coordinated by:

RUPRECHT-KARLS-UNIVERSITAET HEIDELBERG

Germany