We would like to share an inspiring success story: the Gran Canaria project. This project illustrates the impact and effectiveness of our devices in addressing water shortages and providing sustainable water solutions.
Water scarcity is a pressing issue affecting every continent, with more than 40 percent of the global population currently impacted. By 2050, over 5 billion people could suffer from water shortages. In Europe, one-third of countries face low water availability, especially in the Mediterranean region. Climate change and increasing water demand are expected to exacerbate water shortages in other EU regions.
To bridge the gap between water demand and availability, water supply managers are seeking sustainable and resilient solutions. Desalination technology is gaining popularity, especially for coastal areas where over 40% of the EU population resides. However, traditional desalination methods are energy-intensive and costly, making them impractical for small to medium-sized applications.
Rainmaker’s Water to Water is an advanced desalination system designed to address these challenges. Originally intended for use with renewable energy sources, it efficiently produces clean water from seawater or brackish groundwater. This scalable and mobile system can be rapidly deployed, even in remote areas. Its versatility allows for various applications, such as delivering drinking water in low-income regions, aiding in humanitarian and disaster relief efforts, or supporting water distribution in tourist-heavy areas during dry seasons.
In Gran Canaria, Rainmaker Holland is implementing a decentralized desalination unit capable of providing up to 80 m3 of clean water daily. This unit, powered by renewable energy (wind and solar), is being funded by the European Union (Project: 873854) and installed at the Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias, a local water research institute.
The goal is to test and demonstrate the use of sustainable stand-alone desalination for water supply in EU island communities. Current desalination technologies is not adapted to the intermittency of renewable energy sources, such as the fast fluctuations in output from wind or solar energy.
The Rainmaker Water to Water technology offers an interesting proposition for small towns or villages with poor access to fresh water sources or reliable energy sources, but close to a significant supply of seawater or brackish water and with renewable energy resources.
Stay tuned for more inspiring stories and updates on sustainable water solutions. Together, we can make a positive impact and build a world where water shortages are a thing of the past.