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The Watercone: Turning Sea Water into Safe Drinking Water

Maker: Stephan Augustin

Challenge: People in poor and sunny regions lack access to fresh water, and often have no other choice but to use dirty water for daily use. For coastal dwelling communities, seawater is no solution since most desalination units are cumbersome, need constant technical maintenance, and are very expensive. According to WHO, “By 2025, half of the world’s population will be living in water-stressed areas.”

Solution: The Watercone is a solar powered water desalinator that takes salt or brackish water and generates freshwater.

Results: It is easy to use, lightweight, and mobile. It generates up to 1,7 liters (nearly 2 quarts) of fresh water in 24 hours. With a cost of less than €20, and a life expectancy of 5 years, the technology highly accessible. The technology will make a difference for everyday water needs as well as those demanded by hospitals.

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