The lack of water in many areas of the world is a big problem. Today, one-third of the world’s population still does not have access to drinking water; i.e., there are nearly 2.2 billion people for whom finding water to drink is a daily struggle. A rather ironic thing when you know that our planet is mainly composed of water!
The public organization GivePower has installed the first revolutionary solar power plant, which helps more than 25,000 residents in a country where people struggle daily to get drinking water.
Located in Kiunga, a small village in Kenya on the edge of the Indian Ocean, this power plant made up of solar panels can transform ocean water (salty) into drinking water – a significant technological advancement. The first test took place in August this year in Kiunga, since then the invention has already improved the quality of life of the inhabitants.
Powered entirely by solar energy, GivePower’s desalination systems are housed in 20-foot shipping containers and capable of transforming 75,000 liters of brackish and/or seawater into clean, drinkable water every day.
Regarding the desalination process, it is, however, very expensive and requires a lot of energy. This is why using solar energy is a good long-term solution. The installation of GivePower’s desalination system, which harvests energy from solar panels, has already produced 50 kilowatts to operate two water pumps 24 hours a day.
The use of solar energy represents no danger to the environment and also reduces the cost of the process. The station also saves residents from various diseases, since the water is being purified.
Through this device, it was possible to produce drinking water for 35,000 people a day, no doubt a great success. And it is precisely due to the success of the project, that GivePower plans to replicate the plant in other parts of the world such as Colombia and Haiti.
So far, GivePower has been responsible for providing solar energy to more than 2,500 schools, businesses, and emergency services, achieving an improvement in the lives of more than 300,000 people in the world. Meanwhile, the organization is in search of funds through donations, to continue with the installation of solar plants and guarantee drinking water to thousands of others.