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Smart solar-powered water desalination system connected in Kenya

GivePower, a non-profit organisation providing solar energy and clean, affordable water, has deployed a seawater desalination system at Likoni in Mombassa County in eastern Kenya.

Powered entirely by solar energy and battery storage, GivePower’s desalination systems are housed in 20-foot shipping containers and capable of transforming 70,000 litres of brackish and/or seawater into clean drinking water every day.

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Unlike most ground well systems, these solar water ‘farms’ produce a higher quality of water over a longer period of time with virtually no negative environmental impact, states the organisation.

The water desalination system is powered by a small solar photovoltaic power plant installed on the container. The micro off-grid plant has a battery-based electricity storage system to enable the installation to provide drinking water after sunset or in bad weather.

In 2019, GivePower has installed a similar project in the coastal town of Kiunga, near the Kenya-Somalia border.

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GivePower’s small desalination plant is designed to operate 24 hours a day with a SmartTap system facilitating the management of the decentralised drinking water supply systems.

It consists of a device that works with software to measure the quantity of water for each consumer.

The NPO believes its solution could help limit the spread of COVID-19 among the population. This is in response to the recommendation by the World Health Organisation for regular hand washing as one of the barrier measures against the pandemic.

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GivePower adds: “Water-borne diseases are the leading cause of death on the planet and 2.1 billion people lack access to a reliable water source. While traditional solutions such as wells or rainwater harvesting may work for some, they are not a solution for people living in dry coastal areas due to the brackish nature of the groundwater and the lack of sufficient rainfall.”

Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl
As the Editor of ESI Africa, my passion is on sustainability and placing African countries on the international stage. I take a keen interest in the trends shaping the power & water utility market along with the projects and local innovations making headline news. Watch my short weekly video on our YouTube channel ESIAfricaTV and speak with me on what has your attention.