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Solar energy DeSal plant
Radio Sintonia:

A desalination plant based on solar energy: the future of agriculture in the north of Fuerteventura.

TheCabildo de Fuerteventura, through the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, has carried out the previous study through which the bases and needs to be covered for the design ofa new desalination plant have been analyzed, specifically, to the generation of water for agricultural use in the north of the island, Powered by photovoltaics.


As explained by the president of the Insular Institution, Sergio Lloret, this initiative "would not only cover the needs of water supply for irrigation of up to 90% of the Northern Region of the Island in the short term, but also enhances the binomial between renewable energies and water production, so that we continue to advance in the sustainability objectives that we have designed and in which we are working, from the Management Area, to improve the future of the Island."

The promotion of a production plant based on clean energies would also mean, as expressed by the president, "to continue tracing the path towards energy independence of Fuerteventura that, as we have seen with the drastic rise in energy costs in the last year and how they have affected the water desalination bill, it is an objective of vital importance for an island like ours, in which the production of water is essential and indispensable, not only for consumption by families, but also for the survival and empowerment of our primary sector", said Sergio Lloret.


The previous study carried out has taken into account the needs of agricultural production aimed at covering the demand of both the resident population and the floating population from tourism in the North Region of the Island from now until 2032, concluding in a project that, in the short term, proposes a new desalination plant capable of supplying five times more water than the one currently demanded, reaching 600,000 cubic meters per year.

To achieve this, the project, based on the generation of energy through renewable energies, specifically photovoltaic panels, proposes an initial investment of around six million euros that would allow the installation of two reverse osmosis modules of 2,000 cubic meters of daily capacity and a photovoltaic park of 2,100 KW.

The project also proposes a scalable design, so that it can adapt to future scenarios, estimating that by 2032 the new desalination plant could produce up to two million cubic meters of water per year.

In this way, as explained by the Minister of Agriculture, David de Vera, "the project will guarantee the availability of irrigation water at minimum cost and avoiding environmental impact, without resorting to fossil fuels."

This initiative would be added to the actions that have already been initiated through the Insular Institution, which contemplate the creation of new infrastructures for the improvement of the water supply to the Island.

Among them are improvements in agricultural water supply systems between Pozo Negro and Antigua, in coordination with the General Directorate of Water, as well as from the Aceitún area to Tesejerague. The latter co-financed between the primary sector areas of the Cabildo and the Government of the Canary Islands.

All these projects, in coordination, would allow to configure a general plan of impulsion of irrigation in Fuerteventura, thus covering the northern, central and southern areas of the Island.
David de Vera also wanted to remind that there are aid for agricultural water, with a new call for which more than 3 million euros are allocated, covering both full-time professionals and those who work part-time in the majorero field.
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