Kenya installs the first solar power plant to transform ocean water into drinking water
NGO ‘Givepower‘ has constructed its first solar water farm in Kenya, converting the region’s saltwater into clean and drinkable water.
The farm uses a filtration system that desalinates the brackish liquid to produce water for more than 35,000 people per day.
The farm is situated in Kiunga, a little fishing community of around 3500 citizens. It is located only a few miles south of the Somalian border.
The village is situated along the coast of the Indian ocean and it hosts an important marine conservation reserve.
It is a perfect location for ‘Givepower’s first solar water farm.
Fueled by solar energy, the distillation systems are situated in 20-foot shipping containers. They are able to produce 50 kilowatts of energy and power two water pumps. They convert 75,000 liters of brackish and/or saltwater into regular drinking water each day.
At the cost of only $20 per person, the system is able to provide 20 years of access to clean water to its inhabitants.
As per the World Health Organization, 844 million people around the world are in desperate need of clean, drinkable water and among them are more than 300,000 children who die each year due to water-bred diseases. At the moment, 2 billion people live in water-lacking regions and as many as 3.5 billion could experience water shortages by the year 2025.
‘Humanity needs to take swift action to address the increasingly severe global water crisis that faces the developing world,’ says Hayes Barnard, CEO of Givepower. ‘with our background in off-grid clean energy, givepower can immediately help by deploying solar water farm solutions to save lives in areas throughout the world that suffer from prolonged water scarcity.’
Givepower has installed more than 2650 solar-powered systems in schools, medical clinics, and villages in 17 struggling countries.
Currently, it focuses on the most critical case of sustainable energy: drinkable, clean water. The company is researching four new locations to deploy its solar water farm technology.
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