An EU H2020 project
June 2016 - November 2019
Self-Sustaining Cleaning Technology for Safe Water Supply and Management in Rural African Areas
The overall goal of the SafeWaterAfrica project is to develop, introduce and apply a new and "Made in Africa" autonomous water purification system with an adapted and integrated European low energy water treatment technology based on chemical-free electrochemical degradation of organic and microbial contaminants. The system is designed to provide 300 people in rural areas with safe water. Two demonstrator systems with off-grid power supply and remote monitoring will be operated at rural test sites in Mozambique and South Africa. The project includes capacity building and business development so that system ownership and responsibility are in the hands of the local rural communities. The joint African-European development will result in a low-cost solution easy to handle and operate. It takes into account the specific cultural aspects of the region and will be designed for operation with local staff and in the responsibility of local communities or local water service providers, respectively. The consortium includes six African and four European partners of which four are universities, four SMEs and two research organisations. Coordinator is the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST in Germany.
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N°690378