Saltworks Appears in The Economist

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Saltworks Appears in the Economist

October 30th 2009

Saltworks Technologies launches into the desalination industry with an exclusive article in The Economist detailing its breakthrough low-cost technology.


The article, published in both print and online editions of The Economist, is the first to showcase Saltworks’ patent pending process that uses up to 80 percent less electrical energy relative to conventional desalination technologies by harnessing low-temperature heat and atmospheric dryness.


“The team has been working incredibly hard to accomplish a full seawater plant scale-up in secret; we now look forward to delivering this technology to initial customers,” said Joshua Zoshi, co-founder and president.


The Saltworks team, who have been working in stealth for the last year building Canada’s first permitted desalination test facility and their demonstration plant in Vancouver, are now preparing for the second phase of their launch. Zoshi along with CEO and co-founder Ben Sparrow, plan to present their innovative technology at the World Congress on Desalination and Water Reuse on November 8 in Dubai. Part of their presentation involves a suitcase desalination device used to demonstrate their process’s simplicity and achievability.


Sparrow and Zoshi said the company could not have succeeded this far without their dedicated team of engineers, board of directors, and partners.


“Saltworks is pleased to be out in the open and promoting its solution. We look forward to working with the desalination sector to build projects that provide sustainable water for agriculture, industry, and municipal use,” said Sparrow.


Saltworks would like thank BC Hydro and Powertech Labs, the National Research Council of Canada, the Okanagan Research & Innovation Centre, Knight Piésold Ltd., the BC Innovative Clean Energy Fund, Great Northern Way Campus, and the City of Vancouver.

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Saltworks Announces Breakthrough Energy Efficient Desalination Technology

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Saltworks announces breakthrough energy efficient desalination technology

October 7th 2009

Saltworks Technologies is positioned to revolutionize the desalination industry with a breakthrough technology that uses far less energy than current commercial processes.


Saltworks’ proof-tested process employs an innovative thermo-ionic energy conversion system. The energy reduction is achieved by harnessing low temperature heat and atmospheric dryness to overcome the desalination energy barrier. The system works best in the dry regions that need water.


Saltworks President Joshua Zoshi said, “a desalination technology powered by atmospheric dryness is very much needed during these times of increasing water stress, energy price volatility, and carbon impact concerns.”


Current desalination processes remain highly energy intensive and costly to operate. In the last 50 years there have been major advancements in the desalination sector, but so far high energy use is still the major road block in desalting water.


Global Water Intelligence (GWI), a leading industry tracker, states “the greatest challenge for the desalination industry is to increase the energy efficiency of the process faster than the price of generating electricity from fossil fuels.”


Ben Sparrow, CEO and the inventor of the technology is excited to finally unveil the product of the company’s hard work.


“We’ve been working on the technology for a number of years and are excited to cut the ribbon on our fully functional seawater based pilot plant, built largely from low cost components and with the capability to process the troublesome waste from existing desalination plants.”


Both Sparrow and Zoshi will time the public release of Saltworks with a presentation at the World Congress on Desalination and Water Reuse in Dubai early November 2009.

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