Give Power, One of the most active NGOs fighting for access to clean water has installed solar power technology that can help communities dealing with water issue. The organisation’s most recent success story is related to Kenya and the village named Kiunga, where they installed a solar-powered desalination system.
This system transforms ocean water into drinkable water and can produce enough water for 35 people per day (around 70 thousand liters). Before Give Power, the inhabitants of Kiunga had to travel one hour each day to reach a water source, but it was one used also by animals and full of parasites. Such improvements, like Give Power’s initiative, are constantly needed as according to the World Health Organization, there are still 2.2 billion people around the world who do not have access to drinking water and 4.2 billion can’t access safely managed sanitation services. These things can lead to more issues like the spreading of diseases and dehydration in very hot and rural areas.
Give Power’s desalination method is a process in which salt and minerals are separated from the water through a membrane. But because liquid goes through an osmotic process in which its natural state is to have equal amounts of water, minerals, and salt on each side of the membrane, a lot of energy is required to stabilize it. Also, post-processing requires a lot of chemicals to be added to the water for the desalination to happen. But Give Power, managed to find a solution to all this through its solar water farms, using solar panels, Tesla batteries, and water pumps. The other plus side of this technology is that the final product does not produce saline residues which pollute the environment.