Israel Opens World's Largest Desalination Plant in Hadera
The world's largest reverse osmosis desalination plant was opened this week in the Israeli coastal town of Hadera. This desalination plant is the first to be funded primarily through foreign funds by IDE Technologies who, according to their CEO, Avshalom Felber, raised the entire $463 million from European banks. The desalination plant was built by H2ID and can supply up to 20 percent of Israel's domestic drinking water for a year, about 750 million cubic meters.
Although bigger desalination plants are operating in Saudi Arabia, they use thermal-based technology which is not very energy efficient. The H2ID reverse osmosis plant will only demand 450 gigawatts to operate each year, making the cost per cubic meter of water around $0.57.
The new desalination plant is one of five scheduled to be built in Israel over the next few years. The goal is for these desalination plants to supply up to 100% of the nation's domestic water to supplement the dwindling traditional water sources provided by rainfall, aquifers and the Sea of Galilee -- which is having so much water pumped from it that it is reaching dangerously low levels.
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