The newly developed QuenchSea is a cost-effective handheld machine with the potential to become a complete lifesaver for water-related emergencies and humanitarian crises. With a manual system, the device can convert around one liter of sea water per hour – and under ideal conditions up to three liters – into drinkable fresh water.
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The desalination device comes from the London-based start-up Hydro Wind Energy. The company’s mission is to donate 100 million units for humanitarian purposes by 2027. The innovative idea is part of an ambitious vision to solve the global freshwater crisis.
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Worldwide, 2 billion people live without access to clean water. Around two thirds of the world’s population live in arid areas, and 7 million die each year from water-related diseases. In the past, emergency situations often meant using boiling sea water to make the water drinkable. The QuenchSea offers a safe alternative that is not only quick and convenient, but also affordable. It is one of the first of its kind.
Even better, each purchase includes the donation of an additional device for humanitarian purposes by one of the QuenchSea partners for clean water. Even if you don’t need a device for yourself, the website offers the opportunity to donate money to buy a device for a non-profit organization.
QuenchSea combines a hydraulic system, triple filtration and reverse osmosis. Inside is a built-in ultrafiltration and microfiltration system that removes suspended matter, bacteria, viruses, parasites and microplastics from the sea water. An initial filter removes most of the sediment and particles before the sea water is forced through a pressurized 0.01 micron membrane to remove the rest of the contaminants. The final stage uses an advanced industrial reverse osmosis membrane that contains pores that are small enough to filter pure water while rejecting larger molecules such as salt and bacteria.
While the global water crisis was the first inspiration for the project, the QuenchSea device is designed for everyone. No matter whether you are a sailor on the open sea, a survivor or a camper, the simple operation makes it an ideal companion for outdoor adventures. The device weighs just 1.5 pounds, fits in a small pocket, and is both durable and reusable. The need for additional filters varies by use, but only costs about $ 10.
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