Desalination processes typically pose significant environmental challenges. When seawater is extracted, it is separated into drinking water and a byproduct known as brine, which is highly concentrated seawater. The disposal of brine can have a detrimental impact on marine biodiversity when released back into the sea.
In our desalination approach, we effectively utilize the brine. We extract minerals and salt from the seawater, leaving behind potable drinking water that can be safely introduced into the local water grid. The salt obtained from the process is further refined to create high-quality salt suitable for various industries, including food, chemical, and pharmaceutical sectors.
By implementing this zero-disposal desalination method, we address two critical issues in South Africa. Firstly, it helps meet the increasing demand for water, ensuring an adequate supply. Secondly, it reduces the reliance on imported salt from regions outside of Africa, contributing to self-sufficiency and sustainability.