The energy consumption’ growth rates in the Gulf countries are among the highest on the planet. They are driven by activities that are highly energy-dependent like water desalination. The region needs efficient renewable energy facilities for covering an increasingly large portion of energy demand. We deepened the topic on our magazine, The Energy Journal, and we found out that in the Gulf countries, that have always turned to seawater desalination plants, percentages vary significantly from one country to the next, but remain extremely high. For example, in Oman 27% of all water used comes from desalination processes; while in Qatar that percentage rises all the way to 87%.
This need was the driver behind projects like the Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest concentrated solar energy facility in the world, capable of guaranteeing the ability to produce renewable energy from sunlight at any time during the day, even when weather conditions are not optimal. A proof that if the Gulf countries prove themselves passionate innovators in this area the way they have in the energy sector, the environment will be the first to benefit. More on EJ:https://www.cesi.it/news_ideas/energyjournal/Documents/EJ-2019-14.pdf