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Index Award 2015 Finalists
Just add sun - new water purification technology to solve global crisis

Fresh water is fast becoming a rare commodity, it's anticipated that by 2030 half of the world's population will live in water stress, according to the United Nations. Currently, billions of people go to great lengths just to collect water, which is often contaminated and can lead to a number of life-threatening illnesses. While others survive on expensive, tiny rations painstakingly acquired from distant locations.

While many water purifying solutions have been developed over the years, new device Desolenator is set to be one of the most effective, affordable and environmentally friendly designs to hit the market. Using breakthrough technology, the device could provide freshwater for up to a billion people.

The mobile desalinator runs purely on energy from the sun and purifies any type of water - even seawater. It's easy to use, low cost, and one unit can provide a family with 15 liters of clean water per day. Designed for use in almost any scenario, the device includes high performance solar panels, an LCD display unit, robust casing and alloys, as well as a remote monitoring system among a number of other features. Simply fill the device with contaminated water, roll it in the sun and allow it to go through the purifying process.

The team behind the Desolenator has high hopes of delivering water security to those in need. Currently in testing phase, the design is anticipated to be available in October 2015.

Designed by
William Jansen - The Netherlands/United Kingdom