Turn­ing sun­shine into drink­ing wa­ter — in­ven­tors’ plan to save hu­man­ity

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY JOSH JACK­MAN

A TEAM of Bri­tish-based Is­raeli in­ven­tors be­lieves it can solve one of the big­gest prob­lems fac­ing hu­man­ity — by turn­ing sun­shine into drink­able wa­ter.

Ten per cent of the global pop­u­la­tion has no ac­cess to clean wa­ter. By 2030 the prob­lem is ex­pected to be four times worse.

Gal Moore is be­hind the de­vel­op­ment of an ex­clu­sively so­lar-pow­ered de­sali­na­tion de­vice, the size of a flatscreen tele­vi­sion, which can boil wa­ter of any kind — in­clud­ing sea­wa­ter and waste­water — and make it drink­able.

Af­ter go­ing through five pro­to­types and rais­ing more than £300,000, his team at Desole­na­tor won a pres­ti­gious Dan­ish award in Au­gust.

The portable prod­uct is set to launch in March, and co-founder Alexei Levene said the west-Lon­don-based group was hope­ful of suc­cess: “Our vi­sion for Desole­na­tor is that it’s go­ing to pro­vide wa­ter for a bil­lion peo­ple around the world.”

Mr Moore said the fin­ished prod­uct, which has a life ex­pectancy of 20 years and can churn out 15 litres a day, could be­come “the most af­ford­able, sus­tain- able and eco-friendly house­hold de­sali­na­tion so­lu­tion on the mar­ket.

“The de­vice does not rely on en­ergy from the grid, which means that peo­ple canstil­lob­tain­cle­an­drink­ing­wa­ter­dur­ing power cuts or if they live off-grid.”

Though the prod­uct will cost up to £650, Mr Moore said it would be made ac­ces­si­ble: “In the de­vel­op­ing world we’re work­ing with char­i­ties and mi­cro­fi­nance in­sti­tu­tions to bring th­ese to even the poor­est of the poor.

“We be­lieve we can make a real im­pact, while build­ing a strong, com­pet­i­tive and sus­tain­able com­pany.”

The Desole­na­tor team

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