Emirati Start Up Manhat Tackles Water Scarcity in the Middle East
Currently in seed stage, the Emirati-founded deep tech startup, Manhat, has invented a solar water distillation technology that can produce usable water by trapping the lost evaporated water from the ocean.
The startup’s technology involves placing a large greenhouse construct on the seashore, then relying on solar rays to heat the water so it evaporates.
The ascending water vapor condenses when it touches the cooler side of the construct, being collected and stored as distilled water, with no waste, or emissions.
Founder of Manhat, Dr. Saeed Alhassan Alkhazraji, explains: “The waste brine is usually poured back into the oceans, which endangers aquatic life. Our technology is patented, and its novelty is its ability to produce water from seas, rivers and lakes."
Manhat's technology only captures water vapor which doesn’t contain any salt, so we don't have to deal with brine, harmful to aquatic life.
Manhat has tested various prototypes of its technology both anchored and floating. Both have been deployed around Abu Dhabi in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Ports and the developer group Alreem Island.
Anchored devices have been installed into the concrete walls of the corniche, whereas floating devices have been deployed on water surfaces.