AQUA-CSP Concentrating Solar Power for Seawater Desalination

Funding organisation: Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Reaktorsicherheit (BMU)


  • German Aerospace Center (DLR, Germany)
  • National Energy Research Center (NERC, Jordan)
  • University of Aden, (Univ. Aden, Yemen)
  • University of Sana’a, (Univ. Sana’a, Yemen)
  • University of Bahrain, (Bahrain)
  • Prof. Abdelaziz Bennouna, (Rabbat, Morocco)
  • Internationales Forschungszentrum für Erneuerbare Energien e.V. (IFEED, Germany)
  • Kernenergien – The Solar Power Company (Germany)
  • Nokraschy Engineering GmbH (NE, Germany and Egypt)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft Club of Rome (CoR, Germany)
  • House of Water and Environment Palestine (HWE, Palestine)
  • Center for Solar Energy Studies (CSES, Libya)
  • Centre de Developpement des Energies Renouvelables (CDER, Morocco)
  • University of Bremen (Germany)

Duration: completed

Contact: Dr. Franz Trieb


The AQUA-CSP study analyses the potential of concentrating solar thermal power technology for seawater desalination in the Middle East and North Africa. The result is a comprehensive data base on technology options, water demand and deficits of the MENA countries, water resources, solar energy resources and the potential markets for solar desalination. A long term scenario until the year 2050 quantifies the socio-economic and environmental impacts of this concept in the MENA region.

Download the project-flyer here!

Numerical data now available:  (740KB)

Visit the homepage of the Menarec Conferences where the results of the study have been presented. Visit also the homepage of the preceding MED-CSP and TRANS-CSP studies. Further information on concentrating solar power research projects in Germany can be found at the VDI/VDE/IT project website.

The summary and the final report of the AQUA-CSP Study can be downloaded here:


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