Groundbreaking wave-powered desalination technology has emerged as a potential game-changer, offering a sustainable and high-performance solution to combat water scarcity. Developed by Oneka Technologies, this innovative system harnesses wave energy to generate electricity and power the desalination process, producing an impressive 13,000 gallons of fresh water each day.
Desalination refers to the process of removing salt and other impurities from seawater to make it suitable for human consumption and irrigation.
While desalination has long been a known method to address water insecurity, it has historically been associated with high energy consumption and carbon emissions. There are over 21,000 desalination plants worldwide and most of them burn fossil fuels to power their desalination process, adding to the carbon footprint and exacerbating environmental concerns.
Oneka Technologies has introduced a pioneering solution that tackles these concerns head-on by utilizing renewable wave energy.
Oneka’s wave-powered system takes advantage of the immense power of ocean waves to generate clean and renewable energy, reducing the reliance on carbon-intensive resources. This approach aligns with global efforts to combat climate change and foster sustainable development.
One of the key benefits of Oneka’s wave-powered desalination technology is its capacity for increased resiliency. Equipped with a robust and purely mechanical system, this solution can provide weeks of water supply without external dependencies. By utilizing an all-in-one approach, which includes the desalination process and water storage, Oneka Technologies offers a reliable and self-sustaining solution for areas prone to water scarcity, natural disasters, or other emergencies.
This innovative technology promotes ecological sustainability by significantly reducing residual plastic waste. The use of wave power to generate electricity removes the need for continuous supply and disposal of plastic water bottles, which are not only detrimental to the environment but also contribute to water pollution. By replacing these bottles with sustainable freshwater produced on-site, the Icecube-class units offered by Oneka Technologies present an environmentally friendly alternative.
One of the downsides to desalination is the byproduct is Brine which if leaked into the ocean can kill sealife and poison ecosystems. But Oneka solves this issue by mixing the Brine with 75% seawater prior to releasing it back into the ocean. This means that the brine released only has up to 30% more salt content than the surrounding ocean.
The dimensions and weight of Oneka’s wave-powered desalination units make them easily transportable, adaptable to a variety of environments, and capable of meeting diverse water supply requirements. With a production capacity of 13,000 gallons (49,210 liters) per day, these systems have the potential to alleviate water stress in both urban and rural areas, while ensuring the dependability and affordability of freshwater availability.
This wave-powered desalination technology exemplifies the efforts to make the oceans a sustainable and accessible source of fresh water. With a commitment to innovation and expertise in wave energy exploitation, Oneka Technologies aims to revolutionize the way we address global water insecurity challenges.