Elemental Water Makers B.V.
Elemental Water Makers provides renewable driven desalination systems for decentralized drinking water production. With rising energy prices, increasing population, rising living standards, climate change and increasing water stress, we see a big opportunity for renewable driven desalination. Elemental Water Makers has developed an innovative desalination system that only uses solar and/or wind energy in an efficient and costs effective way to create drinking water from seawater or brackish groundwater. This makes the solution very suitable for remote areas in water scarce regions with limited access to an electricity grid. The Water Alliance focuses on innovative and sustainable water technology that can be used worldwide.
Elemental Water Makers B.V. was founded in the spring of 2012 by Sid Vollebregt and Reinoud Feenstra, two engineers of the University of Technology Delft. The foundation of the company originates from a technological innovation which was designed, implemented and evaluated in 2011 by the construction of a successful field pilot in Indonesia. The experience of the team over the past years in this complex niche market of desalination and renewable energy has resulted in unmatched expertise and understanding of the sector.
We observe that fresh water scarcity, the availability of energy and climate change effects are becoming crucial global challenges. As a response, we aim to solve fresh water scarcity by using only the sea, sun, earth & wind.
We believe that reducing costs will always play an important role in the decision making and therefore strive to provide the most cost attractive renewable energy driven desalination solutions for fresh water production. At the same time, we want to deliver a long-term sustainable solution for the water supply. Therefore we provide solutions that utilize renewable energy sources. We also understand that offering a carefree fresh water supply is important, while providing an outstanding level of service and reliability.
We recognize that we are part of a crucial time-span where all life on our Planet faces challenges, while we acknowledge the human influence on these challenges. Short-term motivations primarily driven by money have gotten the overhand on important values as sustainability, environmental impact and quality. We have set the goal in our organization to be aware of this problem and to contribute by offering long-term, sustainable and high quality solutions which avoid environmental impact.
Climate-KIC, the EU’s main climate innovation initiative, has offered Elemental Water Makers participation in the pretigious EU business acceleration programme focused on cleantech commercialisation. With fast track entrepreneurship education, top-notch tools & techniques and intensive coaching, they have set up the world’s first real-life business school for cleantech entrepreneurs. In three phases they take start-ups through a rock-solid 18-month programme to grow great ideas into great businesses.
Technical development of the system has been performed in close cooperation with the Delft University of Technology, located in the proximity of the main office. More than 10 graduate students and interns have transferred their knowledge and helped to build the company.
YES!Delft is the Dutch incubator for startups with a scalable, technological innovation. At YES!Delft, the forces of startups, coaches, investors and innovative corporations are united to fuel entrepreneurial success. The rich facilities in the YES!Delft incubation center provide Elemental Water Makers with the required entrepreneurial tools and network access.
The STW foundation's objective has been to realise uptake of excellent technical scientific research by the market and therby enabling new technologies. STW has supported Elemental Water Makers during the commercial and technological valorization and with the introduction of the technology into the market.
Elemental Water Makers is part of the Water Alliance, a unique partnership of public and private companies, governmental agencies and knowledge institutes involved in water technology.
The European Union Action Group of Renewable Energy Desalination has also selected Elemental Water Makers to join the group, who will promote the use of desalination powered by renewable energy, as an environmentally friendly solution for a sustainable water supply.