Sharing the Noble Goals of the UN for Clean Water
In a world where water scarcity affects more than 40 percent of the global population, a Norwegian startup embarked on a mission with a noble cause – provide cheap water by making proven method for water purification far more efficient.
Founded by three young Norwegian and Indian entrepreneurs Aquasolis Global shares UN Sustainable and development goal for clean water and sanitation. They already received $12.000 grant from Innovation Norway, a Norwegian government instrument for innovation and development and attracted the attention at this year Norwegian/National Startup Awards where they are finalist in Best FoodTech/AgriTech Startup and Best Social Impact Startup categories.
The company has been part of University of Agder innovation support program and Young Sustainable Impact (YSI) innovation program for startups solving sustainability challenges.
Making Reverse Osmosis More Efficient
The Machine is using a process that pushes the water under pressure through a semipermeable membrane to remove ions, molecules and larger particles. This process is known as reverse osmosis, and is widely used for water purification and desalination.
According to Aquasolis Co-founder and CEO, Øyvind Stenberg, for beginning, their target customers are Norwegian aid organizations and African communities and universities. On a long run, the clients should be Arabian countries Governments.
The flow configuration of the machine enables built-in fouling and scaling reduction. It can be upgraded by changing the current membrane with graphene-based one and has the ability to adapt to fluctuations in the feed water.
The product is being currently installed with a partner company in Tanzania where it should reduce the water disposal by 95%.
A Growing and Demanding Market for Clean Water
The stated efficiency of Aquasolis reverse osmosis technology in terms of water saving and energy use exceeds the one currently used by long present potential competitors like the French Veolia and the Norwegian A-aqua. The value of the global reverse osmosis market was $6.5 billion in 2017 with projected growth to over $9 billion in 2022.
Company founders have plans to expand in Africa and build units locally. Besides development aid organizations who are primary customers, Auqasolis also plans to reach out to the industry sector.