Asha Suppiah


Name: Asha Suppiah
Organization: Enviro Spinnovations
Title: CEO / Founder
I have often been called a WATER WARRIOR. My passion in life is to ensure that everyone across the world has access to clean drinking water regardless of his or her financial situation. It is unbelievable that globally every 7 seconds a person dies of water related diseases. Experts are predicting that 2/3 of the world’s population will face water shortages within the next 15 years. At the age of 11, during a trip to India, I noticed the severe lack of access to clean water plaguing the country. I felt compelled to help these people. From that moment, I sprung into action, determined to make a difference. During that corner-stone trip to India, I wondered why a country with an abundance of sunshine and an ocean of water around them was unable to use these two natural resources together to produce clean drinking water through solar desalination. After much research, I realized that the two issues that stymied the use of solar desalination were the existing technology’s high cost and low efficiency. So, without delay, I spent the next 3 years examining the properties of solar desalinators. I researched and conducted my own experiments using various self-designed models and displayed my exploratory research at national science fairs, garnering 3 gold and 3 silver medals as well as various other special awards. I experimented with different designs and finally designed a system that proved to be extremely efficient, reaching as high as 90% efficiency - a clear improvement from standard solar desalinators, which generally only run at 30% efficiency. My system made with simple equipment such as wood, glass, stainless steel screen or cotton, showed how an efficient solar desalinator can be made economically. After I finished experimentation, I knew that this solar desalinator had great potential and had significant real-life applications. My patent-pending technology can produce nine times the amount of water that a standard solar desalination system for the same size of plant can, thus reducing capital costs quite significantly. Since my technology overcomes the two main obstacles hindering solar desalination technology, I truly believe that solar desalination is a realistic future. In March 2012, I incorporated my business Enviro Spinnovations and am currently working towards commercialization of my solar desalination technology. I am in the process of building my first large-scale demonstration plant. I am also the co-founder of a not-for-profit organization called Water Well-ness Project through which I fundraise to provide water and sanitation facilities to people in need across the world. In 2009, we installed water facilities in a tribal village in India and also provided sanitation education to the villagers. Water Well-ness Project aims to ensure water access to every single person in the world, and puts sustainability as a priority. We also work to educate people nationally and internationally about the global water crisis.We have traveled across Canada educating hundreds of people about global water issues. My innovative work and my leadership ability was honoured in 2007 when I was named one of “Canada’s Top 20 Under 20” by Youth in Motion. In addition I was awarded the “Impact Award for Innovation” by Canada Foundation for Innovation, distinguishing my innovation from the group. In 2008, I was awarded the “Indo-Canada Young Achievers Award” by the Indo-Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Other achievements that I hold pride in include being featured in Innovation Canada’s online publication twice and in McGraw Hill’s Grade 10 Science Textbook. I was also featured in IBM’s Smart Shift Segment which was presented on Global Television’s nightly news. In addition I was honoured by being asked to write an article for Diplomat and International’s Magazine in 2010. In 2012 I was named an "Agent of Change" by the Centre of Social Innovation.

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oct. 28, 2013 / 0 Comments / in Assainissement, Développement durable, Énergie renouvelable, Eau

ESI has developed and patented a water purification technology that uses two natural resources – solar energy and seawater – to produce clean water for the thirsty world. ESI’s Continuous Effect Desalination (CED) process is efficient, cost-effective, energy non-intensive and sustainable.