Converted oil tankers providing fresh water

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High-tech and aid organisations in unique cooperation - paradigm change to water recovery:

Lack of clean water in many areas around the world has led to a unique industrial innovation and a new cooperation between innovators and development organisations. Star of Hope will provide floating water plants to regions with scarce water supply, such as Haiti, Kenya and Philippines.

  • When this innovative outside the box solution appeared, we were investigating new ways of dealing with water supply issues for communities and cities where we have been involved in emergencies and long-term efforts, V.P. Mark Presson (Star of Hope) says.

  • For some time we have been struggling with the problems lack of water creates - as the global problems on this issue have been increasing. The EnviroNor solution might bring an incredibly innovative and mind-changing solution to the water problem, Presson says.

-Star of Hope is an international development organization, working on four continents. Star of Hope is a Non-Profit organisation and a USAID approved partner.

  • We are very happy to contribute to solve critical clean-water issues by this new industrial technology, president of Star of Hope USA Barry Borror says. – We will use our experience and our regional network to make new water supplies available by the floating water plants. If we at the same time can reduce the large quantities of untreated wastewater running into the world’s oceans and rivers, threatening both the environment and human health, this is even better.

“Aqua Recovery” will use phased out tankers anchored offshore for recycling of wastewater. By converting, for example, a 15-year-old product tanker can treat the wastewater from a city of 250.000 inhabitants. Sigmund Larsen, an experienced Norwegian senior shipping officer, CEO of tech start-up EnviroNor, developed the idea and founded the company.

  • We are looking forward to the close cooperation with Star of Hope, Sigmund Larsen states, explaining the idea of EnviroNor: ¬- The technology comes from proven technology and solutions from industries like, maritime, oil & gas, water and process industries. By combining the best solutions from these industries, we believe we can solve many of the water challenges present today. Whether it is treatment of wastewater, re-use of wastewater, treatment of river or seawater, converting to drinking water, Larsen says.

  • Star of Hope for decades has shown their capacity to help people develop their civil societies in all parts of the world – as well as bringing emergency aid to catastrophes of all kinds - and we are very comfortable with their assistance to reach cities and regions with new water solutions, Larsen says.

“Aqua Recovery” is a part of the DNV GL Extraordinary Innovation Program, aimed to solve the enormous global water challenges due to urbanization and population growth. DNV GL is the world’s largest ship and offshore classification society, the leading technical advisor to the global oil and gas industry, and a leading expert for the energy value chain including renewables and energy efficiency, and one of the leading certification bodies in the world. The Red Cross and World Wildlife Fund (Norway) are also partners in the development.