Photo: Nazeer Al-Khatib, AFP

Renewable Power for Water Purification in Yemen

  • Institution Country: U.S.A., Yemen
  • Implementation Country: Yemen
  • Sector: Energy, Water and Sanitation
  • Funding Stage: Proof of Concept

Water Aid and Renewable Power Systems for Yemen
by the Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation

Diarrheal diseases are a leading cause of morbidity in Yemen, which is becoming the largest cholera outbreak in modern history with more than a million cases. About 16 million Yemeni people lack access to safe drinking water and sanitation. Frequent cuts in electricity compromise healthcare and clinics must rely on generators, and struggle to find scarce and costly diesel fuel resources.

As a result, water purification and renewable energy is of crucial importance, and this project aims to bring solar powered water purification systems to three sites in Yemen. The project will install 4,000 watts of compact, flexible, adhesive solar panels with a battery bank to power a compact, robust, simple-to-use, and highly effective water purification system that can produce more than 1,000 gallons of clean drinking water per day, serving about 1,000 people in each community.

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