Ecolog International has signed an agreement with Desolenator BV, a Netherlands-based solar desalination technology company, to scale and deliver a game-changing solution that harnesses the world's two most abundant resources - sunshine and sea water - and purify even the toughest water types without the need for filters, chemicals or polluting fossil fuels.
A leading global provider of integrated services, technology, environmental solutions, energy, logistics, engineering and construction, Ecolog has a major presence in the Gulf region.
As the current Covid-19 pandemic crisis demonstrates, access to reliable water underpins all aspects of life - from its use in medical services, to manufacturing and production of essentials to personal hygiene including simply washing hands, said the statement from Ecolog.
Water scarcity and stress affects nearly 40 per cent of the world's population, an alarming figure that is projected to further rise as a result of climate change, urbanization and population growth, it stated.
As the world deals with the collective impact of the virus, the case for tackling the most pressing challenges of water and climate change is only strengthened, said the statement.
On the agreement, Group CEO Ali Vezvaei said: "Reliable access to affordable and clean water underpins our ability to solve the challenges we, as mankind, will face. The partnership with Desolenator enhances our ability to serve communities, cities and industries and to enable them usher into an era of water resilience at scale."
As the need for desalination grows rapidly, no technology was previously available to reduce dependency on fossil fuels, optimise the operational cost and deliver a robust and reliable performance even for remote areas and various water conditions, he explained.
"By harnessing solar energy in a more effective way and with a patented design, our solution can convert sea water into high quality drinking water at scale, and at a cost of less than $ 1 per cubic meter," stated Vezvaei.
"The co-operation will bring together this game changing technology with the power of Ecolog to build water resilience for people, communities and industries and provide them with water security in even the most challenging scenarios," he addedf.
Desolenator Founder and CEO William Janssen said: "We aim to disrupt the status quo for the nearly 1 billion people living today without reliable access to clean water. Joining forces with Ecolog will enable us to realise this vision much faster and at a global scale."
Desolenator, he stated, is the world’s first solar-thermal desalination technology that can be applied in a modular way.
"We harness solar power in a novel way, to purify even the toughest water types without the need for filters, chemicals or external energy," he added.
Co-founder Alexei Levene pointed out that at a time of international crisis the case for sustainable technologies that benefit people and the planet had never been stronger.
"Desolenator is robust straightforward to operate and easy to maintain. Our patented system uses both thermal and electrical energy to distil complex water types including; seawater, brackish water and heavy-metal contaminated water sources," he noted.
"We are delighted to begin this journey together with Ecolog and to make a positive impact," he added.-TradeAabia News Service