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Going Nuclear to Desalinate Seawater

Paulo Brito

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Well, the Saudis use oil and have the biggest desalination installation in the world - 1 million m3 / day.
Yes, I know, they are the Saudis.
For the rest of the world, nuclear is the way. You have a serious lack of potable water in the world, bigger than the one of energy.
 

aldw

Active member
Well, the Saudis use oil and have the biggest desalination installation in the world - 1 million m3 / day.
Yes, I know, they are the Saudis.
For the rest of the world, nuclear is the way. You have a serious lack of potable water in the world, bigger than the one of energy.

Yeah, shortages of potable water (and by relation food) are going to be major drivers of conflict this century especially given increasing climate instability, so having the energy generation powerful (and cheap) enough to generate potable water is going to be critical both on Earth (and in the long run any future off-planet ventures to boot).
 

t-dugong

Beach bum, Esq.
Well, the Saudis use oil and have the biggest desalination installation in the world - 1 million m3 / day.
Yes, I know, they are the Saudis.
For the rest of the world, nuclear is the way. You have a serious lack of potable water in the world, bigger than the one of energy.

And you can still taste the hint of salt. In Saudi Arabia, drink only bottled water, from wells or throughly reverse osmosis the tap water (and eat your multivitamins and mineral supplements if you drink RO water for extended times). Personal experience and advice from locals and fellow expats.

Actually, make it most of the Arabian Peninsula.
 
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