The residents from Papagarang have access to clean drinking water now. They can fill their own canister at the water kiosk.
The OSMUN® BW system, a solar powered water desalination plant for brackish water.
The residents from Papagarang helped to build the new facility and are happy about the access to clean water.
|Total savings :||Not CDM or Gold Standard certified|
|Technology transfer :||Solar powered water desalination plant for clean drinking water|
|Local environment :||avoids the transport of drinking water from other islands; Reduction of plastic bottles; less deforestation, as the water was prior purified by boiling it with firewood|
|Further advantages :||Access to clean drinking water; creation of jobs|
|Project partners :||PT. Akuo Energy, PT. Tinamitra Mandiri|
A water desalination plant gives access to independent, local water supply
On July the 22nd in 2019, on the small island Papagarang located in Komodo Islands National Park, Indonesia, our project partner Tinamitra Mandiri put a Solar Powered Water Desalination plant into operation to filter the brackish water from the island. A 5,5 kWp solar system generates the energy needed for the system. Two employees fill the gained salt- and germ-free drinking water into 20-litre-canisters and sell it for a low price, to finance the operation and maintenance of the plant.
For the 400 families on Papagarang Island to have drinking water, a boat had to deliver it from another island daily, which took four hours per trip. This led to a high consumption of water bottles, was expensive and polluted the environment with emissions from boat transportation. The ground water was usually still boiled to kill the germs. In sanitary facilities and for cleaning, there was no clean water at all. The people used the unfiltered brackish water, a source of diseases.
Thanks to the new water desalination plant, now the people from the island have direct access to clean drinking water, which does not have to be transported from other islands anymore. Even though the plant could produce 5,000l drinking water daily, many families still use the free brackish water for a big part of their daily water demand unfortunately. Currently, we are collaborating with our partner, to improve the project approach to build a constant and sustainable distribution structure. We have planned to purchase an electric boat motor to deliver water to the bigger islands Komodo and Rinca, instead of only Papagarang. Moreover, the installation of an ice making plant is planned, so that the fishermen (80% of the population) may cool the fish and sell it as fresh fish, instead of salted dried fish.
From idea to project implementation
The idea of the solar water desalination plant on Papagarang occurred after a tender for innovative projects connected to tourism from atmosfair in 2018. Upon receiving the project proposal from our partner PT. Akuo Energy Indonesia we verified the technical feasibility and set up the financing terms and conditions. After the foundation of the local project corporation PT. Tinamitra Mandiri, we fixed all terms of cooperation in January 2019. atmosfair financed more than 60% of the total cost. All other costs where paid from PT. Akuo Energy Indonesia.
PT. Tinamitra Mandiri, as a project corporation, is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the water desalination plant on Papagarang.
PT. Akuo Energy Indonesia is a subsidiary of Akuo Energy SAS, based in Bali and Jakarta. It was founded in 2013 and has since specialized on planning and implementing power plants for renewable power. With its knowledge, PT. Akuo Energy Indonesia is in a good position, to develop customized projects of high quality in this country of 17,000 islands.
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