Fire Island | Sun Dome Solar Desalination

Fire Island | Sun Dome Solar Desalination

‘Thousands of people have lived. Not one without water.’
W.H Auden

Ilha Do Fogo is part of a Loggerhead Turtle conservation project at Pebane Beach Lodge in Mozambique – which in turn is all part of Fire Island Conservation. This island requires volunteers and rangers to patrol, to ensure that the turtles that live here are safe from poachers.

However, despite the flourishing vegetation and prevalence of sea life on the island, access to fresh water was a huge issue and they were required to carry their own from the base camp at Pebane – a 100mile round trip!

Furthermore, without access to fresh water, promoting the area as an eco-tourism destination was almost impossible, which was a conclusion the owners of the project were not ready to accept.

Dome to the Rescue

The Sun Dome Solar Desalination prototype aims to provide drinkable water to inhabitable areas. Running on energy from the sun and requiring little to no regular maintenance, this project could be revolutionary for developing countries and areas with no access to fresh water.

Today, these prototypes sit at Ilha Do Fogo in Mozambique, to test their resistance against natural elements and their efficiency in creating fresh, drinkable water in a remote location.

Sun, Solar and Solutions

Alex Smith, an entrepreneur and inventor from Cape Town developed the sun dome to combat the severe drought in CT. Using desalination techniques, which removes salt from sea water and makes it drinkable, the idea was to install these prototypes around the city.

On the other side of the scale, some of Alex’s friends – Lynette Whittaker and Jan van Deventer – who both work closely with Fire Island Conservation, saw a desperate need for fresh water in remote areas, but had exhausted their options on expensive water filters.

And so, the two ideas came together. Fire Island invested in the prototypes and installed them on the remote areas of the island, to see if the idea would work.

What does it all mean?

With access to fresh water, it opens the island up to local and international visitors for more eco-tourism, which in turn, while providing fresh water will ultimately benefit the conservation objectives of the island.

The Sun Dome Solar Desalination project is still in its prototype stages. However, the results so far have been positive – so much so that Fire Island Conservation has invested more money into the project to see it through.

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