Five youth from Surat proved problem is the root cause of invention. In collaboration with the state government, they have developed a method that converts seawater into drinking water. Moreover, the process is feasible and free for commercial use.
Safe drinking water is a significant concern in marine states like Gujarat. The Gujarat government has also made constant efforts for a better water supply. They started the Nal Se Jal Yojana for the rural fronts of the state.
However, to help the government accelerate the policies that meet the water shortage, the five young men from Surat, Gujarat, started Solens Energy. Thus, they successfully invented India’s first mechanism that helps in the conversion of seawater to safe drinking water through solar-powered devices.
After seven years of hard work and research, Yash Tarwadi, Bhushan Parvate, Nilesh Shah, Chintan Shah, and Janvi Rana brought the sweet taste of victory. They have set up a plant at Olpad in Surat to make seawater potable with special equipment.
Their invention can convert 2000 liters of seawater to purified drinking water at the average cost of ₹50 per liter. In addition, each liter of water leaves behind a residue of 35 grams of rock salt. The machine can reduce the cost to just ₹2 per liter for commercial production.
Twelve Failed Attempts
Under the Central government department of science and technology and the Gujarat start-up scheme, the Gandhinagar Industries Commissionerate assisted ₹20 lakhs for the development of the plant. The government has also provided them with 5,000 patents under intellectual property rights.
Their 13th attempt brought success to them after 12 consistent failures. The purified water is not only free of salt but also water-borne diseases.
Yash Tarwadi, a core member of the youth start-up team, said, “water covers 71% of the earth’s surface, yet, many countries are facing a water crisis. Scientists have declared a substantial decrease in water levels shortly.”