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“The Line” is Saudi Arabia’s bold vision for the future of civilization: an ultra-modern city designed to house 1 million people and be entirely pollution-free. ↠Subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/c/TerraMaterOfficial?sub_confirmation=1
But there’s one problem – it’s in the middle of the desert. And cities require a lot of water.
Enter the Solar Dome, a new desalination system built on existing technology. It’s supposed to be a low-cost, efficient, and carbon-neutral way of turning saltwater into fresh water. With water scarcity already threatening the Middle East, Saudi Arabia is the world leader in desalination, but the process does pose problems. We take a closer look at the environmental costs of desalination, and how new innovation like the Solar Dome is trying to tackle these issues.
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Story by Philip Jaime Alcazar: https://www.youtube.com/user/philipalcazar
Voice-Over: Julian Nightingall
Motion Graphics: Joerg Eisenprobst
Producer & Editor: Philip-Jaime Alcazar
Script Editor: Eleanor Updegraff
Sound Design: Hubert Weninger
A Terra Mater Factual Studios GmbH Production
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7 – NEOM official website: https://www.neom.com/
8 – WIRED: “What’s inside this giant ‘solar dome’ coming to Saudi Arabia”
9 – Construction Week: NEOM inks deal to construct first ‘solar dome’ tech desalination plant. February 2020.
10 – Chris Sansom: Sun, Salt and Saudi Mega Cities. Featured News Article at Solar Water Plc. December 2020
11 – Malcolm Aw (Founder, Executive Chairman & Chief Technology Officer of Solar Water Plc) – Solarwater the Movie. https://youtu.be/y0EYj4Kzskc