Standalone Farm Water Salinity Reducer

In 1961, the late President Kennedy (USA) said: 'If we could ever competitively, at a cheap rate, get fresh water from salt water, this would be in the long-range interests of humanity which would really dwarf any other scientific accomplishments'. He was right! Half a century later, technology appears to be ready. We have the ambition to market a low-cost standalone device that will reduce water salinity at the farm level, on demand, and with a flexible rate, running on solar and/or wind power, for use in (e.g.) low-lying coastal zones. The technology is available, so time’s ready for it!

1. What drives you to work on climate adaptation?
I love music. It’s essential for me. So is water, for all of us. The annual Amsterdam open air classical 'Prinsengracht' Concert combines the best of both worlds: it’s staged on pontoons, floating on water. This great tradition must be continued, for future generations.

2. Where do you see yourself in five years with this project?
I will be the CEO of our company, supporting our drive to continuously innovate our product/service, worldwide.

3. What will you do when you win in September?
The prize money will significantly boost the field validation of our first prototype, starting October 2014. By mid-2015, marketable units will be up and running in the Netherlands and beyond.

4. Where do you perceive is the biggest challenge with respect to global climate adaptation?
Reduction of the water footprint of food production.