© CM-Institute (Civilisations Matter), Foto: Daniel Meyer, Euro-Asia.Partners in the future in the Civilisations Matter Foundation

In 2010, scientists and technicians of Berlin’s CM-Institute (Civilisations Matter) started developing a novel desalination and purification process.

We wanted to create an alternative to conventional reverse osmosis systems. These traditional systems produce large quantities of brine as a by-product which in turn negatively impacts the soil and seabed in many ways. It deprives people and fish from food sources. We are convinced that re-cultivation of the destroyed seabed will be as expensive for future generations as the safe storage of nuclear waste.

This is why we have chosen technologies that generate valuable raw materials from harmful residual waste and that can be used primarily within the continent.

Cradle to cradle. We have patented the most important principle.

© CM-Institute (Civilisations Matter), Foto: Daniel Meyer, Euro-Asia.Partners in the future in the Civilisations Matter Foundation

The second consideration was to develop systems that can be shipped and installed in standard size containers. They are durable and low maintenance; produced in individual series; transported inexpensively, with plug & play connections allowing fast deployment. They are designed to be earthquake-proof and they can be remotely controlled digitally. Our systems are low maintenance and require little service. Consequently, there will be no expensive incremental investments required and the personnel deployment will be low. The plants can run on renewable energy and on industrial waste heat.

We attach great importance to the fact that the plants can be deployed de-centrally as there is no by-product such as brine.

The facilities can be located in commercial areas and directly in front of settlements. They use waste heat from industry and are located close to villages.

© Wolfram R. Bauer, Foto: Inner Mongolia, North China, saline water source, 2016

We realize that we need to be very responsible with the globally decreasing 1% freshwater resource. This is why our technology converts up to 95% of the raw water source, far more than other, currently applied technologies and processes do. We do not use chemical softeners because we want to produce living water.

Part of the water can be filled in bottles. The premium water holds a hygienic level high enough to make it appropriate for use in hospitals and health care institutions. It can be used in a larger melanche for the production of food farms (drip irrigation). It is suitable to be pumped into new water distribution channels without any fouling or major losses. We design the quality for our customers.

After eight years we are well advanced in our development. This is why we will now adapt the company to our new needs.