Despite covering about 70% of the Earth's surface, water, especially drinking water, is not as plentiful as one might think. Only 3% of it is fresh.Over one billion people lack access to water and another 2.7 billion find it scarce for at least one month of the year. A 2014 survey of the world's 500 largest cities estimates that one in four are in a situation of high "water stress".
To tackle our water crisis we must sustainably utilise every source available - most significantly seawater. Desalination allows access to non traditional water sources with great potential to provide drought proof water supply.
Desolenator is a 100% solar purification and desalination technology, able to purify any water source into clean drinking water. The ability to treat a wide range of contaminants - High TDS, bacterial contamination, heavy metals, nitrates - means there is immense flexibility around input water. Whether your source is the sea, an arsenic contaminated well or a saline river delta Desolenator units require nothing but sunshine and a water source to become water independent for 15+ years.
The patented process does not require consumable parts such as membranes, filters or pre-treatment chemicals and produces water at 1usd$/1000L. Our community model has been co-developed with the Dubai Water Authority and produces upwards of 10,000L/day powered 100% by solar and can be scaled in a modular fashion.
In contrast to competing technologies such as reverse Osmosis, Desolenator does not require complicated maintenance or replacement of filters, membranes or pre-post treatment chemicals: particularly attractive for isolated communities. Desolenator enables an easy disposal of low concentration brine solution, operating with a recovery factor of only 28%. Desolenator is also significantly more compact than a conventional system that operates using solar PV and operates 24/7.
Notable Awards include: NASA design award, Winner of Pitch at Palace, Middle East Solar Innovation of the Year (2019)
We now need your support to scale our technology to geographies and communities most affected by the water crisis.