Posted on March 16, 2016

Monsson Group, leading company in renewable energy across the world, officially launched its entry into the Qatari market at a conference held at the InterContinental Doha The City, West Bay on 16th March 2016. At the same time the conference announced the company’s pilot project and first of its kind in Qatar, the Reverse Osmosis Water Desalination Plant powered by renewable energy. The event was well attended by international experts in the field of energy and the media. Amongst the subjects of discussion was the importance of renewable energy in Qatar and what it means to the country in the future.

The ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­distinguished speakers included Dr. Dallia Ali, Chair for R&D Monsson Middle and Associate Professor at Hamad Bin Khalifa University Qatar; H.E. Ewa Polano, Ambassador of Sweden to Qatar; Mr. Costin Lupu, Director of Monsson Middle East & Africa; Mr. Bader Al-Sada & Mr. Ali Hussain Al-Sada, Beneficiaries of the Pilot Project, amongst others.The topics of interest included: The Water Challenge in Qatar – Needs and Solutions; Monsson’s Capabilities and Current Projects in Qatar; Description of Small and Large Scale Desalination Plants and The Green House Concept.

Monsson Group has been committed to renewable energy since 2004 and has grown in reputation as a leader in renewable energy development worldwide. The Group is renowned for finding energy solutions in nature. Its range of services covers the whole life cycle of a wind farm from development, construction, operation and maintenance right through to service, forecast and electricity trading. Backed by a workforce of 500 specialised employees, it prides itself with more than 2400 MW projects developed and 1000 MW already in operation.


Qatari beneficiary of the project Mr. Ali Hussain Ali Al-Sada was delighted to explain “The reverse osmosis process powered by renewable energy is a ground-breaking development in Qatar offering fresh desalinated water with very low energy cost and consumption. We believe this is the way forward and the perfect solution for addressing increasing energy demands without tapping into precious fossil fuel reserves. Our objective is to draw on the forces of nature to create a consistent and sustainable generation of electric power. We could not have found a better partner than Monsson Group who have a reputed track record across the world.”

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Monsson Group considers itself a total solutions company in the energy field. Working in association with its global partners its spectrum of services include: Research & Development, Renewable Energy Projects, Reverse osmosis desalination plant powered by renewable energy, Hybrid Energy Projects, Consultancy and Training.

H.E. Ewa Polano, Ambassador of Sweden to Qatar and one of the speakers at the conference said: “I am glad to be here at the inauguration of the first water desalination plant together with Al Sada family and Monsson Group. This unique project is something I am really proud of and the Swedish government and the Swedish Embassy are really supporting what they are doing and we see this as an example on how cooperation can be between countries. We consider that the timing is so perfect with Qatar looking into having a knowledge based society and diversifying its economy through the private sector development. Sweden is also glad to share knowledge with Qatar and share this environmental technology which we have been doing researches on for years.”

"Our vast experience with exploring solutions to climate change has led us to this technology and we are delighted to share it with Qatar. This is our answer to addressing the growing concern of countries facing depleting fossil fuel reserves. In Qatar we are driven by the objective to find technical solutions for the production of fresh drinking water in a sustainable way, that’s not dependent on fossil energy. Working in tandem with nature we have found the solution. The launch of the project in Qatar is a stepping stone for the future. Hopefully we can spread this technology across the region.” added Mr Costin Lupu, Director Middle East and Africa.

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The new desalination plant has numerous advantages over traditional plants. It enables fresh water to be produced cheaper than the water purchased and transported by trucks. As a result even very remote locations can be supplied with energy and fresh water at reasonable costs, thus benefiting remote communities. Looking ahead, the operating units could have full and service agreements in place for more than 10 years.

What’s more, this technology also allows desalination plants and energy capacities to be extended to other locations. The generating power has the flexibility to be used for desalination and for other energy purposes in the farm. Specially designed green houses for desert conditions can also be constructed using PV panels specially designed to work up to 125 Celsius. This permits year round vegetable production at a fraction of the present cost because of its lower energy consumption.

Interestingly, the hybrid power generating system is fully automated with remote control and troubleshooting facilities. The containerised system delivery means that there’s no need of buildings which is another significant advantage. If necessary, the power generation plant can be equipped on request with a diesel back-up generator. All put together the plant is a revolutionary advancement in desalination ensuring efficiency and a significant cost saving. It holds the promise for a sustainable renewable energy solution for Qatar in the years to come.