A Cut Above – Beer Maker Carlsberg Backs India Solar Desalination Plant

Carlsberg Group announces partnership with Desolenator, the world’s first solar thermal sustainable water purification technology, to create clean drinking water for a town of 4,000, in the Sundarbans in West Bengal, India.


The Sundarbans is around 120 km from Carlsberg’s Kolkata brewery, and home to around 4.7 million people, is at a critical point.

It has been hard hit by climate change and water scarcity. The situation has been compounded in 2020 by COVID-19 and Cyclone Amphan, with water being trucked into some areas.

A community-led water distribution model, designed in partnership with WaterAid and Strathclyde University, will empower local women entrepreneurs by providing employment.

The multi-disciplinary partnership unites Carlsberg’s ambitious sustainability plans with Desolenator’s innovative technology, local expertise from WaterAid and the Sundarbans Social Development Centre, and world-class research from Strathclyde University.

Desolenator’s sustainable water purification system is 100% solar-powered, harvesting thermal and electrical energy to distil water.

The sustainable desalination project, due to complete mid-2021, will create 20,000 litres of clean drinking water a day using the heat and power of the sun.

This is part of the ambitions in the brewer’s ‘Together Towards ZERO’ sustainability program. It aims to eliminate water waste across its breweries by 2030 and to protect shared water resources in high-risk areas.

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