Now here's a great news story on the power of science and thinking outside the box.
A non-profit organization called Give Power has installed the world’s first solar-powered desalination plant in Kenya.
The plant provides 20,000 gallons of clean drinking water per day, enough for 35,000 people.
People have been trying to desalinate ocean water for thousands of years, but until now the process has been too energy intensive and expensive.
But now, thanks to Tesla’s super efficient solar panels and batteries, we can tap into the endless power of the sun to do the work for us.
“You have to find a way to pull water out of the ocean in a scalable way, in a sustainable way,” President of Give Power Hayes Barnard told Business Insider.
Barnard hopes to open similar facilities around the world to help with the looming global water crisis.
Half the world’s population is expected to live in water-stressed areas by 2025.
Already, one in three people lack access to safe drinking water.
The project charges locals a penny per gallon of drinking water, a price well worth it to people who were dying of kidney failure from drinking polluted salt water last year.