France and the Western Cape Province announce R8.6million funding to tackle drought
On 16 July 2018, French Ministre d’État, Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, M. Nicolas Hulot, and the Western Cape Government’s MEC for Finance, Mr. Ivan Meyer, announced the funding of the first solar powered desalination unit in South Africa, totalling R8.6 million in grants.
The highly cost-effective solar powered desalination plant will be commissioned by the end of October 2018 at Witsand in the Hessequa Municipality, Western Cape.
In Hessequa, 250km east of Cape Town, several coastal villages suffer from a structural water deficit, even outside of drought periods. Part of Witsand village, suffering from critical water shortages, was designated for the implementation of this solar powered desalination unit.
Today, France and the Western Cape government announce the funding of the first solar powered #desalination unit in South Africa, totalling R8.6 million in grants!! #watercrisis #climatechange #FranceinSA pic.twitter.com/z6h40jXmMK
— France in S. Africa (@FrenchEmbassyZA) July 16, 2018
The grant of the French Treasury is aimed at implementing innovative green technologies. The OSMOSUN® technology, developed French company Mascara Renewable Water and brought to South Africa by their local partner TWS-Turnkey Water Solutions, is the world’s first reverse osmosis desalination technology coupled with photovoltaic solar energy without batteries, designed to supply coastal or borehole-dependent communities, with drinking water at a competitive price and without CO2 emissions.
This technology will deliver 100kl of fresh water daily through an innovative, affordable and green process.