Aquiva Foundation is providing sustainable desalination solutions to fight the growing water crises resulting from the depletion of sweet water resources in the developing world.

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A solution for the world's water problem


Showcased on a Maldivian island

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The water crisis


Destruction of coastal aquifers and groundwater


Water Online

February 2016


Aquiva Foundation Marks Two-Year Anniversary Of A Sustainable Desalination Plant In The Maldives


We chose an environment with very difficult operating conditions to test the strength and reliability of our system. We are very exited about the sustainable performance of the plant.







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Erneuerbare Energien

January 2016


Wasser für die Malediven


Die Malediven, ein Paradies auf Erden. Zumindest für gut betuchte Besucher oder die Besitzer der Resorts auf den Touristeninseln mag das zutreffen, für die durchschnittliche Bevölkerung eher weniger.







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Global Water Intelligence

April 2015


Gulhi Water Plant Shortlisted


The Maldives are at the forefront of the fight against climate change: one meter of rise in sea levels would obliterate the entire country. But they rely on diesel generators for their electricity and water supply….







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Filter + Seperation

June 2014


Paradise found: Maldives Drinking Water is Produced from Waste Heat


The tiny island of Gulhi in the Maldives has gained what is claimed to be the world´s first desalination unit which utilizes waste heat to…







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.NET Development Journal

June 2014


Operating Data from Memsys Technology Installation Shows Energy Positive Desalination, with Net Energy Production







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Water Desalination Report

June 2014


Distiller Improves Generator Efficiency


After three full month of operation, Florian Bollen told WDR that small , potable water treatment plant on the Maldivian Island of Gulhi has succeeded in producing “ energy positive desalination” for the islands…







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Water & Wastes Digest

April 2014


Success in the Maldives


Gulhi, which measures approximately 600 by 300 meters, is home to about 1,200 residents as well as a shipyard and a growing number of guesthouses. Before the commissioning of this facility, Gulhi relied primarily on imported water for drinking because its only natural…







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Membrane Technology

April 2014


Waste Heat and Membrane Distillation help Maldives Produce Drinking Water


The Aquiva Foundation has entered into a joint venture with electricity company State Electric Co Ltd in the Maldives to provide…







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Water Online

February 2016


Aquiva Foundation Marks Two-Year Anniversary Of A Sustainable Desalination Plant In The Maldives


We chose an environment with very difficult operating conditions to test the strength and reliability of our system. We are very exited about the sustainable performance of the plant.








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Der Spiegel

October 2015


The Deserts Grow – People Flee


Already, millions of people worldwide are on the run , in the future there could be many more : environmental degradation and climate change are threatening entire regions in Africa and the Middle East to make uninhabitable.








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World Resources Institute

July 2015


A Global Tour of 7 recent Droughts


Every inhabited continent, faces extremely high water stress. That means that in certain areas more than 80 percent of the local water supply is withdrawn by businesses, farmers, residents and other consumers every year….







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The Guardian

March 2015


Californian Farmers Resign to Drought


Coburn has spent almost $4m on wells but said in some areas water plumbed from ever lower depths was often laden with salt and other minerals. “It’s like frigging chemotherapy,” he said. “You can get away with it for one year. By the third year you’re basically killing the tree.”








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International Water Management Institute

October 2014


The Scourge of Salt


World loosing about 2000 hectares of irrigated farmland a day. Around one fifth of irrigated land is now degraded by salt, threatening crop production in 75 countries…







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National Geographic

August 2014


If you Think the Water Crisis can´t get Worse, Wait Until the Aquifers are Drained


We're pumping irreplaceable groundwater to counter the drought. When it's gone, the real crisis begins…







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The Guardian

June 2011


Water Scarcity in Africa and the Middle East


With a rising global population, increasing water use per capita and depleting reserves of groundwater, there's no doubt that blue gold, as water is sometimes called, is an increasingly precious resource. Yet despite a wealth of reports, books and films examining the problem of water scarcity, it doesn't always feature high on the agenda….








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World Council for Sustainable Development

January 2006


Facts on Water


Increases in water use have resulted in high environmental costs, including loss of biodiversity as well as affecting natural water systems such as rivers and aquifers. Half of the world’s wetlands have disappeared over the last century, with some rivers now no longer…







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Following nature's example of evaporation and condensation

Our technology

About us

About Aquiva Foundation


Aquiva Foundation is registered as a charity in England and Wales (1141594)

A company limited by guarantee in England and Wales (7588039)

Address: Farncombe House, Broadway, Worcestershire WR12 7LJ


Aquiva Foundation is a catalyst for change is the way the world access water for drinking and sustainable agricultures. Through innovative technology and business models salty sea water and groundwater will be used to bring affordable high quality water to people in need.


Special thanks to


Sarah, Duchess of York


The Duchess is very engaged in addressing health and environmental issues on this planet especially when it concerns children and their livelihood. She has been a very keen supporter of Aquiva Foundation employing her network of connections to spread the word to help solving the water crises. Here she is holding up two of the new generation distillation and condensation frames that we are using to desalinate the sea water.

Board of Trustees

Allison Aldred

Florian Bollen

David Zetland

Trustee / CEO


Mr. Bollen has been an entrepreneur and investor for most of his career. He has been active in the film industry, port development and the construction of giant observation wheels. When co-founding Memsys clear water, the potential of this the membrane technology for relief in water distressed situations was one of his driving motivations. Memsys has pledged preferred access to its technology to the projects of Aquiva.

Haishan Ali

Director Maldives


Haisham Ali is a Maldivian natural who has been working in different positions in business and finance. His last position was in the largest fuel import and distribution company of the Maldives. He now works as an entrepreneur in the construction industry. This gives him an excellent understanding of how to get things done in the Maldives. He has been a director of the Maldivian JV with Stelco since its inception engaging himself for the cause of sustainable water provision to the inhabited islands.



Allison Aldred has a background in management consultancy and in international development. She spent sixteen years in South Asia including seven years as Oxfam GB's Regional Director for South Asia and global Gender Lead. Allison moved to Ireland in 2008 from South Asia and is currently Head of Strategy and Impact for Trocaire, the overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland. Allison has a particular interest in Gender, Strategic Planning and Impact Assessment. Allison has a degree in Political Theory and an MBA. She has served as trustee and Chairperson on a number of charity Boards.

Dr. Stefan Brunner


Aquiva Foundation Germany


Stefan Brunner is an entrepreneur in the real estate and hotel industry. Ever since university, he has been involved in social and educational charity projects. He studied at the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel, Germany and received his doctorate in social and economic sciences at the University of Graz, Austria. He is promoting the Aquiva Foundation in Germany and is propelled by the vision that now there is a tangible solution for the countless communities on this planet suffering from water problems.



David Zetland is a senior water economist in the Department of Environmental Economics and Natural Resources at Wageningen University in the Netherlands where he is working on an EU-funded project, "Evaluating Economic Policy Instruments for Sustainable Water Management in Europe." David received his PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from UC Davis in 2008. He was a S.v. Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellow in Natural Resource Economics and Political Economy at UC Berkeley from 2008 to 2010. He blogs on water, economics and politics at and is the author of The End of Abundance: economic solutions to water scarcity (2011). Before getting his PhD, David worked at start-ups and non-profits. He has travelled in 80 countries.

Silvia Bollen

Public relations


Silvia works as is a translator for Chinese and works as a Journalist. She has travelled the World extensively and is handling the communication for Aquiva Foundation.

Inge Relph



An international development specialist known for strategic innovation and building public private partnerships that create social value and meaningful benefit, especially for the poorest. Inge has been policy advisor to governments in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Most recently she was Senior Policy Advisor to ‘The Elders’, a group that included President Carter, Mary Robinson, Kofi Annan and Gro Brundtland, with the SDG’s Environment and COP21, women, peace and security as her remit. She sees water as the threat and opportunity of the future.

Bank Account Details


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Account:       Aquiva Foundation

Bank:            NatWest

Branch:         Birmingham City Centre

Sort Code:    60-02-35

Account #:    67 568 416

IBAN Code:   GB32NWBK60023567568416


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Aquiva Foundation

VAT Number: GB 113 5208 57



phone:       + 44 7912605810


Address:    Aquiva Foundation

                 35 Lauderdale Drive

                 Richmond, Surrey

                 TW10 7BS

                 United Kingdom

Registered charity in England and Wales under 1141594


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