OffGridBox Releases New Desalination Capabilities to Serve Coastal Communities
A new DESAL model is available for pre-orders, shipping in 2019.
Boston, Massachusetts - OffGridBox, a modular and compact all-in-one solution to produce renewable energy and clean water in remote areas, is excited to announce they are accepting pre-orders for the first commercial desalination model shipping in 2019.
Desalination as a combination with solar energy, the miniaturization of the reverse osmosis machines, and the efficiencies of these machines (pressure recovery) is an innovative alternative to more common freshwater systems pulling from lakes, streams, wells, boreholes, and rainwater capture. This enables communities in close proximity to sea water access to clean water as well.
Emiliano Cecchini, Chief Executive Officer at OffGridBox says, “OffGridBox is proud to have already developed reliable boxes for freshwater filtration, and with ongoing technological advances, it’s possible to build resilient coastal and island communities by providing them independent means to clean water and electricity too.” The company is determined to empower underserved communities by finding a way to help change people’s lives, starting from the basic resources needed for survival.
This is not the first time the cleantech company tested a desalination model. In response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2013, OffGridBox partnered with Oxfam Great Britain and Oxfam Italy and sent three boxes for disaster relief. One of the boxes was installed as a desalination pilot to provide a local village access to clean water and solar energy.
Located in a remote village two hours away from the main island, the desalination pilot produced a new alternative source of drinking water for the community’s daily needs. Previously, the village had total lack of freshwater requiring them to bring bottled water from the main island, which is cost prohibitive, but once the box arrived and taps started turning, almost 2,000 individuals received access to fresh drinking water.
Rolando Villacarlos, a box user in the Philippines expressed, “It is a big help to us because we don’t have a source of drinking water. The community is very happy...We promise to take care of it until the next generations.” The box helped the community become independent because they no longer had to purchase and transport bottled water from the main island.
Not only does the box empower communities to become truly self-sufficient, the standard model provides clean water, avoids CO2 emissions by using a renewable source of energy, and is incredibly durable. One unit similar to the one installed in the Philippines even survived a category four cyclone in Madagascar, making the durable and compact box resilient during extreme weather events.
The new and improved desalination model accommodates a variety of purchasing options. Estimated costs are between 32,000 USD to 40,000 USD, with producibility ranging from 2,000 to 5,000 liters of purified water daily, and an option to provide additional electricity. For more information or pre-orders feel free to visit https://www.offgridbox.com/.
OffGridBox is the brainchild of founders Emiliano Cecchini and Davide Bonsignore in 2014. They became inspired to create more efficient technical solutions after working on several OXFAM projects in South Africa that took more than 3 weeks to install purified water and clean energy systems. Since then, more than 35 boxes have been deployed in 9 countries, serving thousands of people in difficult circumstances. Projects range from disaster relief, cooperatively with NGOs, to rural electrification. OffGridBox is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts at Greentown Labs and the company mission is to provide affordable clean water and power in remote areas. For more information about OffGridBox, please visit https://www.offgridbox.com.