Solar Powered Desalination Training


Training and local knowledge are an essential part of any successful water treatment project. The population of India is approaching 1.5 billion people with 6% of the population (around 100 million people) lacking access to safe drinking water. Moerk Water in partnership with Murdoch University students funded under the New Colombo Plan undertook a training mission to India to promote renewable powered water treatment technologies. Moerk staff and students showcased a portable solar powered desalination system demonstrating to locals the benefits and applications of the technology. Moerk Water also delivered training courses for students in solar energy and membrane filtration through the Carmel College of Engineering and Technology in Kerala India, building local capacity in solar powered desalination. The hands-on demonstrations were filmed and broadcast by the CV news network.

Project Outcomes:


  • In 2019, Moerk Water delivered training courses in solar powered reverse osmosis in an engineering school in Kerala, India as part of the New Colombo Plan.
  • Moerk demonstrated solar powered water treatment using a portable reverse osmosis unit with foldable solar panels to remote villages in Kerala
  • The trip directly demonstrated solar powered water treatment technology and provided hands on training to more than 500 people
  • The solar powered water treatment demonstrations were filmed and broadcast by the CV news network.
  • Capability Community Water Independence
  • Feedwater Bore water, sea water, well water
  • Water Quality Red Flags Salinity, Biological Contamination, suspended solids
  • Primary Water Treatment Membrane Desalination
  • Project Outcomes