The Desolenator – Turning Sunshine into Water

As resources go, water is probably the most vital resource we have in the whole world. Unfortunately, one of the most prominent problems in the world is that not everyone has access to it. This is where the team behind the Desolenator are hoping to make an impact, by turning sunshine into fresh, clean drinking water.

The Desolenator is the first easy to use, low cost, solar powered desalination device that does not require an electricity connection, helping to ensure that it is available to use in underdeveloped parts of the world – where it is vitally needed. It can make any type of water, including sea water, drinkable. It works by taking the salt and other pollutants out of the water, improving the water quality and making it suitable for human consumption.

The company behind the machine say that through use of the sun’s power the Desolenator can produce around 15 litres of much needed clean water every day, without using the energy intensive processes that many conventional desalination systems use. This means that the Desolenator does not produce excessive carbon emissions, which is another factor that makes the world’s water problems worse.

The company behind the Desolenator has now started a crowd-funding campaign to help take the product to the next level. They are aiming to raise around $150,000 (around £95,000) to start further trials and testing in locations such as South India, with the overall aim to get a product that is ready to be put on the market and shipped by October 2015.

The company says: “We are dreaming of the day when every community that has struggled to access clean water has a Desolenator whizzing away in the background making clean and safe water for them drink.” By the beginning of December 2014 the startup has raised over $40,000, putting them well on the way to making their dreams of water independence throughout the world a reality.

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