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Inauguration of the first TEXEP AQUAVIVA station

03.04.2023, Port of Port-Vendres

The first TEXEP AQUAVIVA station has been successfully started operations in the port of Port-Vendres (France) and the first litres of fresh water have been extracted from the seawater in the port basin. All this has been achieved exclusively with solar energy and without any use of chemicals. The station has a daily desalination capacity of 11’000 litres (11 m³). The photovoltaic modules installed have an electrical power of 12 kWp. The station contains a water tank of 4’000 litres and an electricity storage of 45 kWh, which allows operation for 24 hours and ensures complete autonomy throughout the year.

The relatively small amount of salt water (brine) discharged into the sea has almost no impact on the salinity of the environment. The necessary applications for approval from the Direction Régionale de l’Environnement, de l’Aménagement et du Logement (DREAL) are underway.

The cost of the drinking water produced by TEXEP AQUAVIVA is approximately €4 per cubic metre (1’000 litres). With regular maintenance, TEXEP AQUAVIVA will have a service life of over 20 years.

TEXEP would like to thank in particular Mr Rodrigues Furcy, Prefect of the Pyrénées-Orientales, Mr Laurent Gauze, President of the CCIPO and Mr Serge Pallarès, President of the Marine Natural Park for their presence and support. We would also like to thank the numerous political personalities and representatives of the local press.