KENYA: Solar-powered water desalination plant to supply Bubisa

After the “Shimoni WaterKiosk” system, which went into operation in August 2021 for several public buildings on the south coast of Kenya, Boreal Light will present a new brackish water desalination system on September 22, 2021. The ceremony will take place in Bubisa, where the plant will provide 11 m3 of water per hour. The village is located in Marsabit County in northern Kenya.

The new desalination system is being installed by the Kenyan start-up WaterKiosk Africa, which works with Boreal Light. The system will be equipped with an automatic water dispenser to supply the population. A total of 30,000 people benefit from within 5 km of the water points and over 24 machines. “The Bubisa WaterKiosk is a unique model for poor and disadvantaged rural communities where the provision of water, electricity and food is a challenge,” says Hamed Beheshti, CEO of Boreal Light GmbH. Through this project, Boreal reaffirms its commitment to developing unconventional water resources, a necessity in this arid climate and arid area. The phenomenon is a consequence of climate change.

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In order to reduce the risk of load shedding, the young company will equip the Bubisa water desalination system with a 62 kWh photovoltaic solar system. This is the largest desalination plant developed by Boreal Light for the African continent. The Shimoni water kiosk recently installed system for public institutions (school, mosque, vocational training center, sewing workshop and oil production facilities) has a production capacity of 2 m3 of drinking water per hour; the commissioned in Hospitals in Kenya and Tanzania in March 2021 capacities between 3 m3 and 10 m3 per hour.

Ines Magoum

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