Our sustainable offshore desalination solution allows for affordable and sustainable fresh water production to benefit people and industry in water stressed areas.
There are nearly 1.5 billion people – including 450 million children – living in areas of high or extremely high water vulnerability. With population growth and climate change, water scarcity will affect over half the world’s population by 2050. It is not possible to cover the global demand for fresh water without extensive desalination - the process of making fresh water from sea water.
Already, more than 300 million people rely on desalination for their fresh water supply. And this number is expected to triple by 2050. One of the main challenges with desalination is that it is energy-intensive.
With over 90% of the energy currently supplied by fossil sources, desalination is carbon intensive. In addition, there is increasing concern regarding the impact of brine discharge on local environments.
Our solution offers both adaptation to, and mitigation of climate change. We offer an alternative to polluting diesel driven or gas-powered desalination and thus support countries’ decarbonization efforts. The high electricity demand for desalination is a barrier for the decarbonization of small grids, especially island-based grids.
Our solution mitigates local environmental challenges typically associated with desalination water intake and brine discharge, as it will be located in relatively deep offshore waters. Water intake will not be affected by algae or sewage in the same way as close to shore intake, and the brine will be more easily dispersed.