A new desalination system implemented in Kenya, that is using solar power, started to produce 19,800 gallons of drinking water per day for 25,000 people. The first-ever solar-water farm, was built by a nonprofit organization named GivePower, and it came into operation in 2018.
GivePower organization was created as a nonprofit branch of the SolarCity company founded by Elon Musk in 2006, but became independent in 2016. The main purpose of the GivePower organization is to generate and ensure electricity in the developing worlds by using solar-power systems.
The new desalination technology introduced by GivePower, uses Tesla batteries for energy storage and two parallel pumps that can produce drinkable water at all times.
The price of the clean water produced by the desalination system is of about one quarter of a cent per 1 liter. This amount sounds reasonable considering the cost of the facility being of around 500,000$.
Hayes Barnard, the president of GivePower, hopes that the cost for this facilities will end up being around 100,000$ in the future and the returns to be used for building new desalination systems in the areas that have problems with clean water supplies. Barnard also says that the desalination system encourages activities relating to personal hygiene.
The source: Business Insider