The recently established company Aquasolis Global has developed a highly efficient, easily deployable reverse osmosis system for water purification and desalination.
According to the United Nations Development Programme, an estimated 663 million people do not have access to safe and affordable drinking water.
Water purification systems have an important role to play here. However, many large-scale systems are so costly that they are out of reach for inhabitants and industry in developing countries and development aid organisations.
Traditional reverse osmosis (RO) systems must usually be connected to the electrical grid and often have high energy consumption and a low recovery rate (40–50 per cent). This makes it both difficult and costly to provide the volume of water needed.
Aquasolis Global’s unique RO solution bypasses these problems. It sends water through the system in new way that requires less energy and yields increased recovery. Designed with developing countries and sustainability in mind, it is built with off-the-shelf components and can be connected to a standalone power system.
Highly effective, the system can filter particles as small as 0.1 nm, including bacteria, viruses and salt. Removal of hydrocarbons and heavy metals from industrial wastewater requires pre-treatment by a separate unit provided by a partner company and connected to the system.
Aquasolis Global’s system is available in a range of capacities, from 100 LPH to 200 000 LPH. There are plans to build units with a higher capacity.
Aquasolis Global’s RO system can yield up to 98 per cent recovery, while consuming 34 per cent less energy than traditional RO systems. It can be powered completely by clean energy, such as solar power, thereby reducing operational costs and environmental impact.
Using RO water as drinking water can also help to reduce the consumption of bottled water, which is expensive and generates a tremendous amount of plastic waste.
The global reverse osmosis market was valued at some USD 6.5 billion in 2017 and is expected to reach over USD 9 billion by 2022. Aquasolis Global will primarily target development aid organisations, and to a lesser extent industry.
The company’s system has been installed in a pilot project with SmartFit Tanzania to provide affordable drinking water to several thousand customers in Tanzania. A new project is being launched in Somalia to provide drinking water in cooperation with the Yme Foundation in Norway.
The systems are manufactured in Gujarat, India. Production can easily be established in other parts of the world.
Highly efficient water purification system, up to 98% recovery
Can be connected to a standalone power system
Designed for use in developing countries