Sea for Change

Water and Sun for Life

Project Overview

We want to provide water to the people that need it the most starting with the Wayuu Colombian indigenous communities. We propose a portable water desalination unit powered with solar energy. To begin, we'll build and field test the prototype. Our main objective is to become a sustainable organization that produces this unit massively and affordably. This to ensure that we can supply as many units as possible for the communities in need.

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Sea for Change
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Sea for Change
Sea for Change is a humanitarian project thought and designed by a team of interdisciplinary young minds that seek to provide water to communities that need it the most.

We created a new concept of a portable machine that utilizes solar energy to desalinize and treat sea, subterranean or superficial reservoir water. It innovates in terms of cost, design and, of course, portability. With each unit, we seek to positively impact up to 30 people by providing them with drinkable water, equivalent to a minimum of 150 litres per day.

We have the machine's first version design, and it's ready to be built, tested, and optimized. We will destinate the collected funds in this campaign to finance the construction and testing of our prototype collaborating with the Popoya Playa Wayuu indigenous community.

Initially, we want to begin working as soon as possible with the Wayuus, an indigenous community suffering a drinkable water shortage documented for over 40 years. The lack of potable water exists due a couple of reasons including harsh climate conditions (only 100mm of precipitation per year) and the consequences of 30 years of mineral exploitation.

Sea for Change needs your support to bring our prototype to reality and field-test it at Popoya Playa community this year (2021). We are looking forward to scaling this project in 2022, making it economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable and accessible.

We believe in the power of solidarity, technology, water consciousness and collaboration as drivers of progress in people and societies.

Follow us on Instagram @sea.for.change for further information and all the progress made. We will be constantly posting and interacting with our community!

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The Wayuu is the most numerous indigenous community currently living in Colombia. They reside mainly at La Guajira, a northern coastal region characterized by a desertic climate, dry-infertile lands, remoteness and carbon mineral exploitation. Combining these factors results in an unfeasible place to live. The search for water, food and energy has turned into a frustrating daily challenge that gets tougher each day due to climate change and their ancestral knowledge oblivion.

They have wonderful beliefs and ways of living, different from how we are used to or even imagine. Their conception of life, dreams, family and nature are perspectives worth to hear and preserve forever. For example, they conceive water as a living thing and therefore treat it as a precious resource. And this is just the beginning of various teachings, lessons and knowledge that we could learn and apply in our lives. However, drinkable water shortage is one big obstacle for their existence, representing the leading cause of malnutrition, high child mortality and community stress.
Sea for Change
Sea for Change
As we mentioned before, our machine's first version design is ready to be built, tested, and optimized. We will destinate the collected funds in this campaign to finance the construction and testing of our prototype. The majority of this budget represents material, experiment and resource expenses needed to very nicely build it. The rest of the fund is meant to carry the machine from Bogotá (workspace) to La Guajira (where the Wayuus are) to field-test the prototype for one month with the Popoya Playa community.

So it goes like this:
Prototype construction: 6500 €
Fieldtest: 1000 €
Goodies expenses: 500 €
Fees (for the crowdfunding platforms where the project will be published: crowdify and inoverte) 1000 €
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It consists of a machine that treats sea, underground or surface reservoir water and makes it drinkable using solar energy. It is portable, adapted to be mobile, and produces 150 liters per day, meant to provide water for 30 persons, under average irradiation of 4.5 kWh / m ^ 2. The system divides into three main groups: the power & control, hydraulic and structural areas. In the next paragraphs, you can find further information about each group.

Power & control:

This area is in charge of solar energy intake, transformation (to electrical energy), distribution and operation control. Energy intake is achieved using efficient, compact solar panels connected to a deep cycle battery with an MPPT charge controller. The charge controller delivers and distributes DC electrical energy for the intake water pump, high-pressure pump and control panel. Everything works under the control panel's commands, which mainly decides if the system should be working or on standby, depending on the battery's charge. The control panel is also the interface where users are going to operate the machine. After talking with the Wayuu communities, we realized that kids and young children are in charge of getting and looking for water. Our operation panel is thought and designed to be the most practical and straightforward for trained children to understand and use it.

Hydraulic:

This area is in charge of water treatment to make it safe and drinkable. For this purpose, the intake water is filtered using four different types of filters. The first two work as a barrier for big and small solid particles using a strainer and 5 & 1-micron filters. Then, using a reverse osmosis filter, the salinity of the water is removed. This process needs a lot of pressure which is given by a high-pressure pump. As a final step, an active charcoal filter removes microorganisms and improves water quality (taste and minerals). Additionally, the hydraulic assembly is also equipped with a flushing system that periodically cleans most of the filters to preserve them.

Structural:

This area's primary purpose is to organize the hydraulic and control & power parts in a portable, robust and resistant cabinet. Portability implies a compact trailer that can be driven by a person or motorcycle. It also means a practical and robust assemble/disassemble process and structure! For our machine, solar panels will be easily installed/uninstalled for safe operation and portable purposes. The cabinet is going to be made of an HDPE structure resistant to saline environments. This structure will also hold all parts in their correct position at all time but still guaranteeing easy maintenance and part replacement. Finally, the structure is open to any decoration each community wants to add, looking forward to generating a sense of appropriation and beauty.
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Sea for Change
Pedro Felipe Rubiano Perez
Pedro Felipe Rubiano Perez
Bogotá, CO
Project manager - Mechanical engineer

Hello, I'm Pedro a mechanical engineer and artist with an enormous social and environmental focus in my work. I majored in the Andes University of Colombia and have been involved with renewable energies and water projects during my whole career and internship, helping in the construction of the wastewater treatment plant of my city. Currently, I'm the manager of the Sea for Change project and spend the majority of my time thinking about how to give drinkable water for communities that need it the most. At present, we are looking forward to creating a small scale solar-powered water treatment machine for vulnerable communities in Colombia.

Simón García
Simón García
Bogotá, CO
Structural and integration engineer - Mechanical Engineer

I'm Simon, a creative mechanical engineer from Colombia with experience in energy and engineering projects focused on social impact and innovation. Throughout my career I have engineered for people. Right now, I am part of Sea for a Change as the Structural and Integration Engineer, leading the design of the prototype. For me, the biggest challenge for development is the access to basic needs like water. This project is a substantial aid for people from La Guajira to access drinking water through an innovative and scalable solution.

Paula León
Paula León
Bogotá, CO
Power engineer - Mechanical a electric engineer

I believe that engineering should be a driver to solve many of the problems that affect humanity today and to plan for a better future for all. In this occasion, I have joined this project to help the indigenous communities that live in La Guajira have access to potable water. I am a mechanical and electrical engineer with an emphasis on renewable energies. Therefore, I am currently enrolled in the power and control area of the machine we aim to build.

María Camila Prieto
María Camila Prieto
Bogotá, CO
Communications representative - Social communicator

My name is María Camila Prieto, I’m a 23-year-old social communicator, publicist and artist. I feel very motivated by this whole project because it reminds me that we are just temporarily in this world, and whatever we do must be in favor of life, through kindness and empathy. I’m responsible of the whole communication part of the project which includes editing videos, creating content for social media, and keeping track of the whole process, in order to update our media, and share every progress we make.

David Santiago Pinzón
David Santiago Pinzón
Bogotá, CO
System's control engineer - Mechanical engineer

I am a mechanical engineer with a passion for progress and justice.



Currently, I'm in charge of designing and developing the desalination mechanism's energy and power system.



I love to see my profession as a tool to create a positive impact on people. It motivates me to promote the development of remote communities in Colombia and contribute my sand grain to make this world a better place.



"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."

Rafael Rubiano
Rafael Rubiano
Bogotá, CO
Financial advisor - Economist and business administrator

Hello, I'm Rafael an economist and business administrator. I have been involved in projects in the regional Real Estate markets of Chile, Colombia, Perú, Uruguay and Mexico working directly with SURA Asset Management. I have outstanding financial planning, corporate finance, valuation, asset management, fundraising and capital market abilities. As one of my side projects to my job, I'm the Sea for Change financial advisor. At present, I am working in the project's financial forecast and seeking diverse sources of fundraising.

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