Barinthus Technologies has developed a revolutionary solution based on solar energy to provide drinking water to coastal and island territories. no carbon emissions. Thus, in addition to solving the problem of drinking water production for these communities through renewable energies, the innovative solution presented by Barinthus Technologies also solves the important issue of energy self-sufficiency: The import and use of fossil fuels for the production of drinking water is completely renounced.
On the other hand, the implementation of this solution has been designed in such a way that the economic impact for the communities that adopt it is zero in terms of initial investment, and absolutely transparent in terms of the payment of the cost of the drinking water produced: The cost is paid from the moment the drinking water starts to be produced, per cubic metre of water supplied and at an affordable cost given the absence of fossil fuel use.
For a standard production unit, the amount of savings can be calculated as follows:
One production unit produces 350,000 m3 of water per year (taking into account one day per month of maintenance). Over 25 years, this translates into 8,750,000 m3 of water and zero CO² emissions.
Also, reverse osmosis water desalination using fossil fuels is very energy intensive, typically requiring between 3 and 6 KwH per m³ of drinking water produced. An installation producing 1,000 m³ of water per day emits between 1,000 and 2,000 mt (metric tonnes) of CO² per year (depending on the type of fossil fuel to be used). Therefore, the amount of CO² emissions that can be avoided by using the Barinthus Technologies solution is between 30,000 and 50,000 mt over 25 years. If the price of CO² is calculated at 50 euros per tonne of CO² (emission allowances), the implementation of the project over 25 years has a monetary value of emission savings equal to 1,500,000 - 2,500,000 euros. This is not to mention the potential savings in negative externalities in relation to sea level rise.
Transitioning to a sustainable form of drinking water supply in island and coastal communities does not require long lead times or large-scale construction projects.
The Barinthus Technologies solution is fully scalable. Between 500 and 20,000 cubic metres of water can be generated per day per installation, and supply can start in as little as 12 months. It is therefore A solution that allows the volume of drinking water production to be adapted to the needs of the community or industry. In addition, Barinthus Technologies has developed a new technology that guarantees the continuous production of drinking water 24 hours a day.
Barinthus Technologies has developed a system to capture the optimum amount of energy generated to provide maximum availability for the reverse osmosis equipment, ensuring that the system can operate as efficiently as possible, reducing wear and tear on the equipment and keeping the cost of production low. In this way, the absence of moving parts powered by fossil fuels not only avoids carbon emissions (currently reverse osmosis is responsible for 0.5% of all carbon emissions), it also significantly reduces maintenance costs and contributes to mitigating the effects of climate change.
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