Namibia now uses solar energy to create clean water from the ocean.

PUBLISHED 17 MAY 2019   

Earlier this year, we reported on Namibia’s Electricity Control Board (ECB) that issued 19 generating licences to Independent Power Producers (IPP). If you would like to read more about Namibia’s Green footprint efforts, please click here.

In the latest news of Namibia’s efforts to be self-sustaining, the Namibian Government has commissioned the University of Namibia and the University of Turku in Finland, in a joint initiative to implement a desalination system.

This will be Namibia's first ever fully solar-powered desalination system, which makes high-quality water straight from the Atlantic ocean.

Source: Solar Water Solutions Facebook page

The inauguration of the sustainable seawater desalination plant, took place on Friday, 10 May at University of Namibia by H.E. Dr. Sam S Nujoma, the founding President of the Republic of Namibia.

UNAM Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kenneth Matengu has the following to say; "The impact we hope to receive through this plant is to contribute to food security and increase energy supply while simultaneously combatting and mitigating the effects of climate change. We can make Namibia green,"

The system is among the first desalination plants in the world to operate on 100% renewable energy. It was designed and delivered by a Finnish water tech company called Solar Water Solutions.

The new plant produces safe water for drinking and irrigation purposes. The decentralized system is situated close to the beach and installed in a container, it produces 3.500 liters of water per hour from the ocean with zero energy costs and without any batteries. The system can also be used as a hybrid with electricity or a generator if needed. The equipment removes salt, bacteria, chemicals, viruses and other impurities from the water.

"The life-cycle costs of this solar-powered desalination solution is more than 70% lower than conventional systems, as there are no energy costs or need for fossil fuels," says Antti Pohjola, CEO of Solar Water Solutions. Mr. Pohjola explains that decentralized solar-powered desalination systems could revolutionize water scarcity issues in off-grid islands and communities.

Namibia going green!

The solar-powered desalination system and the additional energy sources are not the only efforts by Namibia government to go green! Back in January of this year, we reported on national game parks banning plastic bags in protected areas. This is an exciting step forward for Namibia as a country, and every bit helps.

Do your bit by recycling plastic, glass and other materials in your home.