What has been the impact of your solution to date?
The impact of our solution to date has been promising. It generates water and has the potential to be commercialized through our partnership with Malao Water. In Berbera, Somaliland, water scarcity is a reality faced by the local population. The Windrinker confronts this scarcity issue and changes the reality but creating new fresh water supply.
What is your projected impact over the next 1 to 3 years?
The Winddrinker hopes to within 3 years to have built a total of 9 Winddrinker systems - 5 generating only fresh water and 4 also bottling the water in jerry cans. The result of 20 Winddrinkers working at full capacity will be 25m3 per day per Winddrinker - enough to serve 100,000 people. The Somaliland region has the demand for 100 Winddrinkers.
The impact will be that in 5 years we serve 216.000 customers, supplying them clean and affordable drinking water; this number will grow to over a million customers in 10 years. In addition we save 2,825Mt of CO2 in 5 years and 15,000Mt on an annually basis. This all will create 2500 Jobs directly in 10 years.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
The largest barriers thus far have been those associated with cost and assembly. Clearly, supplying the parts to build a Winddrinker can be a barrier in places like Somaliland where parts are in short supply, must be ordered, and transported via inconsistent infrastructure.
A second barrier has been the learning through failing process of maintaining the Winddrinker. Two windblades were broken at one point, which ceased operation. New parts had to be ordered. Thus the design, while completed, continues to be tweaked.
The last challenge has been that of fighting the perception that the Winddrinker is an outsider technology which is being dumped, and thus cannot succeed. The Somalilanders readily adoption and self maintenance of the system, proves this is not the case at all.