Nairobi Innovation Week: Halima serves fresh water from ocean with solar rays

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Mombasa’s Halima Fadhil can give Coast residents fresh water from the salt water using solar rays only if her project can get financing for large scale production.

To retail from as low as Sh1000, the simple water desalination system is the brainchild of one Halima Fadhil, an ambitious, enterprising student from the Technical University of Mombasa.

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“This is how it simply works: you pour water into the bowl inside the system exposed to the hot sun. When the water evaporates, it is trapped by a layer of transparent clean polythene paper suspended on top of the machine to condense into a funnel which leads to another container inside the system which directs the fresh water to another container attached outside the system, which is very ready for drinking.”

According to the inventor, on a bright, scorching hot day, the clean soft water is always available for use in just six hours.Though very innovative and potentially useful, the water softening system is still very basic and delicate and therefore needs a user-centered design for it to go like hot cake in no time.

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Challenges

Though very innovative and potentially useful, the water softening system is still very basic and delicate and therefore needs a user-centered design for it to go like hot cake in no time.

“I would be very glad to receive funds to develop, market and scale,” says the soft-spoken Masters communications student.

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Meanwhile, as the real users look forward to the life-saving equipment to come in a way they can better use it, they should give Halima a passionate thumbs up for coming with the innovation when they just needed it.

High optimism

“I believe the machine will be well adopted because it is made from locally availble materials, which can be sourced and assembled cheaply even by anyone willing to learn how to make it,” enthuses the innovator.

BY MOSES OMUSOLO

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