Village-scale solar-powered desalination system for coastal communities

It will use solar power to lower the salinity and improve the quality of water from the seas, thus providing safer water for domestic usage.

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Organization name

2030 Youth Force in the Philippines

Year founded


Initiative stage

  • Start-Up (a pilot that has just started operating)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • Less than $1k

Organization type

  • Nonprofit, NGO, or citizen sector

Secondary Focus Area

  • Rural development
  • Nutrition

Headquarters location: Country

  • Philippines

Headquarters location: City

Metro Manila

Location(s) of impact


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Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

This initiative is trying to address the lack of a much sustainable water source in coastal areas. The saltwater coming from the seas cannot be use for domestic consumption. Thus, people residing in the nearby communities are still experiencing domestic water shortage.

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

The system provides a desalination mechanism which will the utilize solar power, to lower the salinity and generally improve the quality of seawater. The design will use engineering principles to convert the energy from the sun to a reaction that will desalinate the water into a much tolerable level.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

Literatures had provide information on this but actually those were not brought and had contributed on sustainable development. It is more of a scientific work than a contribution to social development. In addition, the previous designs were just small-scale

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?


Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

I don't really know if there are orgnaizations pushing for this.

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

This was just a proposal on my undergraduate subject. Then, one of my brothers in the Youth Force PH tapped me. As an ambassador of Clean Water and Sanitation (SDG 6), I want to concretize this proposal and bring this project where it can benefit the people in my country.

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Photo of Aimable Nyandwi

With the matter of innovation on your technology is tangible and fruitful. Unfortunately about the concerns of financial affordability and the unique value of your enterprise , I guess it should be conducted on a thorough review.

Photo of Vidal Smith

The core of this idea, using solar energy for desalination of seawater on a village scale, is one dear to my heart. We run a solar-based salt making facility and potable water production has always been part of our next stage of development. I would encourage you to think more deeply about how to make yours a financially sustainable venture because your idea, when implemented well, has a lot of promise for impactful change.

Photo of Mouhamadou Moustapha Seck

Really exciting project that has a real potencial to improve life conditions for many people.


this is very interesting, i really like it. i also think this could work for some other parts around the globe.
talking about financial sustainability, i´m pretty sure you need to find a way to be sustainable. but it is a really good proposal.

Photo of Marcela Mesa

Very interesting proposal, I like It very much. Much people in poverty conditions can benefit from this. Not only in your region, it can be replicated wherever in the world in many communities. I also could be interested to develop it in my country through my foundation.
I'm not sure about financial sustainability. How do you think this could be financially sustainable?

Photo of Najla Almeida

É notório que o maior problema do mundo hoje é a água, ou melhor dizendo, a falta dela não é mesmo? O seu projeto é bastante interessante nesse sentido, pois visa usar uma água que temos em abundância que é a água salgada. Parabéns, espero que consiga concretizá-lo.