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Solar desalination solutions – Elemental Water Makers

Already 4 billion people face water scarcity today. Freshwater scarcity is increasing due to growing population & water footprint and climate change. The key to moving from scarcity to abundance lies in the sea. However, desalination uses a great deal of fossil energy and is a nightmare to maintain. This leads to high water generation cost, contribution to the increase of freshwater scarcity and no possibilities for remote regions to arrange decentralized water stations. Elemental Water Makers provides efficient and easy solar-powered reverse osmosis technology. The energy efficient desalination solutions can be powered by the sun, wind, waves or the local energy. So everyone can get reliable access to clean water that’s affordable. A self-sufficient future by solar desalination has arrived. Join us in solving fresh water scarcity, using only the sea, sun, earth & wind.

Solar Desalination done right: Elemental Water Makers

Desalination using reverse osmosis has several downsides. It needs lots of energy, chemicals are used in the process and it’s a nightmare to operate and maintain. The result: very expensive fresh water.

Here’s some good news: we can make water affordable in a sustainable way using 4 simple innovations. How?

  1. Energy recovery technology as key to 70% energy savings
  2. Solar-powered solutions to run complete off-grid
  3. Chemical-free design of the water treatment process
  4. A formula for stress-free operation & maintenance

Together, these steps result in the lowest costs to desalinate water. Our globally implemented solutions save on average 70% on the water bills for resorts, industries, private properties, communities or other water users.

We are pleased to present you our Elemental Water Source, ranging for water production capacities between 5-100 m³. All our solutions enjoy unparalleled energy efficiency of around 2,7 kWh/m³ for seawater desalination.


1st prize MBR Global Water Award 2017 - Selected out of 138 organisation active in solar desalination
Finalist Global Prize for Innovation in Desalination 2023 - Top 30 finalist of the GDIP Award in Saudi Arabia
TRL9. System ready for full scale deployment
Actual system proven in operational environment (competitive manufacturing). The solution is used successfully in a structurally operational environment. The user can and wants to recommend the solution to others. Elemental Water Makers has started the development of the technology in 2012. Since then, numerous projects have been executed and are operating under various conditions worldwide. The company can provide references, has won several awards and is in its growth stage.

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The main components of the system have been tested separately, and an initial integration exercise has been conducted.

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Off-grid solar water supply that’s built to last.

The solar desalination solution is quick to install by its plug & play-containerized nature. Maintenance and operation are made easy by investing in durable components, automation and remote monitoring & control. As we have been making water since 2012 in over 25 countries, our solutions are mature and proven in the field, continuing to build on our experience.

Different sizes available for your water supply.

It sounds awfully expensive, solar desalination. However, with the reduced energy requirement, we need much fewer solar panels. By the water treatment design, chemicals are avoided. By only using super duplex steel, operational expenses are reduced. Together, this results in the lowest water generation rates at this scale of water production between 3.800 – 100.000 liters/day (1,000 – 26,000 gallons/day). We can make water from the sea using only the sun for as little as 1-2 €/m³. This number includes the investment, transportation, commissioning + training for maintenance, as well as the operational expenses for 15 years to come. We can tailor our solutions to meet your water needs.

Limitations/conditions under which this innovation does not work or is less effective

As desalination is dependent on the availability of seawater or sufficient brackish groundwater, those are crucial.

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Savings up to 70% on water generation cost Sustainable water supply using unlimited resources Independent and reliable safe water Stress-free operation and remote monitoring Our patented gravity based solar desalination solution can generate water at lower expenses for islands and remote regions that face high energy expenses. Our plug and play solar desalination solution assisted by batteries can be deployed easily to get access to clean water in islands and remote regions facing water shortages. It’s scalable, proven and was awarded in 2017 with the 1st prize of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award, out of 138 international organisations.

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