Transforming seawater into drinking water on a large scale requires a huge amount of energy, making it an expensive and polluting process.
Today, a Netherlands-based blended finance manager, Climate Fund Managers (CFM) and Solar Water Solutions are working together to develop the installation of up to 200 desalination units in Kitui County, Kenya. The project ultimately aims to provide potable water from brackish groundwater to 400,000 Kenyans by 2023.
The new solar-powered desalination system works without a grid connection, batteries or chemicals, ever. This means that the system will require no investment in the battery, no running costs, no emissions and no carbon footprint.
The team working on the project claim that their SolarRO containerized reverse osmosis system is the world’s first 100% solar powered desalination system. This fully automatic stand-alone system is installed in a 20-foot container. The system will convert from 3,500 L / hr to 7,000 L / hr from seawater, with a total dissolved solids (TDS) of 36,000 ppm. The production capacity can reach 10,000 liters per hour from brackish water, entirely powered by solar panels.
“Through this partnership with CFM and locally with Kitui County and Epicenter Africa, together we can revolutionize access to safe and affordable water in rural Kenya. noted Antti Pohjola, CEO of Solar Water Solutions. “This project marks a breakthrough in solar-powered hydraulic infrastructure. This would not have been possible without the four key elements: sustainable technology that lowers the cost of drinking water, access to finance with a leading institutional investor, local partners and a market-based business model. .
The stations themselves may not be visually impressive, but they are an ideal solution for water production in remote islands and rural areas.