Solar Energy Invention Turns Salt Water into Drinking Water.
Desolenator, an award-winning British-based company, has developed a product that uses just the power of the sun to turn sea-water into drinking water.
Desolenator recently took second place at the recent Climate-KIC’s CleanLaunchpad awards in Valencia, Spain, winning a grant towards development and a place on the Climate-KIC Accelerator program, the first real-life business school specifically for clean-tech entrepreneurs, run by Imperial College, in the UK.
Desolenator’s product uses a patented technology to transform salt water and other dirty waters, from inland sources, into pure distilled water. Capable of producing up to 15 liters a day, the product requires no power supply, other than the sun, and has no moving parts or filters, making it easy to maintain. The unit uses no consumables and a one-off payment will provide water for households for up to 20 years, providing a vital source of water independence to those who need it most.
But the product isn’t ready quite yet. While the team have assembled a fully working prototype, Desolenator needs help to take it from prototype to production. An Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign that calls upon socially-minded citizens and businesses to take a step towards addressing the global water challenge and support the development of Desolenator to help bring about this enormous change.
William Janssen, CEO, explains: “Climate change and population growth are setting the stage for a global water crisis. A massive 97% of the world’s water is salt water and our plan to tap into this valuable and available resource to disrupt the global water crisis in an unprecedented way. The process is called desalination and today whilst 0.7% of the world’s water comes from desalination, existing technology is expensive, inefficient and disproportionally drains 0.5% of the world’s global energy supply.
“Desolenator is different from existing desalination and home water technologies – it harnesses solar power in an elegant new way, maximizing the amount of solar radiation that hits the technologies surface area through a combination of thermal, electrical and heat exchange, creating pure clean drinking water through the power of the sun,” said Janssen.
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