The authors of this 2008 paper aim to demonstrate the importance concentrating solar power has for desalination of freshwater. Due to the projected growth in economy and population and the anticipated increase in future water consumption in the MENA region, the paper shows that the CSP technology has the potential to provide a solution for the growing water deficits.
Due to an increase in non-sustainable water consumption, the paper calls for a rapid expansion of CSP capacity in MENA. This will require, from the side of the governments, the much needed commitment to push this forward.
The paper concludes, among other points, that seawater desalination based on CSP provides an affordable, sustainable and secure freshwater potential.