HAS ISRAEL BUILT TOO MUCH DESALINATION CAPACITY?

Next month, Israel Desalination Enterprises’ Sorek Desalination Plant will provide up to 25 million liters of potable water daily . At full capacity it will be the largest desalination plant of its kind in the world. Sea water is drawn from the Mediterranean Sea about 2 kilometers off the coast and into a land based RO (reverse osmosis) plant where the salt will be extracted prior to the water being sent to Tel Aviv.

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DESALINATION IS AN EXPENSIVE EXERCISE

Desalination is an expensive exercise due to the high cost of energy which accounts for half the the entire bill. Using reverse osmosis, water is forced through very fine membrane that captures the salt and other minerals leaving the water ready for drinking.But the law of thermal dynamic dictates that energy is required to separate the salt from the water.

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