Water. Challenge of the century.

Water scarcity is rapidly increasing.

Fresh water, there’s no life without it. Already today, 4 billion people are affected by water shortages. It’s not only the water we drink, water is part of everything we do. It’s used for the food we grow, the energy we generate and the products we manufacture.

By using more water than we receive, our aquifers, rivers and lakes are disappearing; more than half of the world’s wetland have disappeared. Water shortages result in pressure on the supply of food and production of goods, leading to migration and possible conflict. With an increasing population and climate change accelerating water scarcity, water to me is the biggest challenge for humanity in the 21st century.

As a water expert and cleantech specialist, it’s my mission to be part of a sustainable solution for water scarcity. We believe it’s possible to move from scarcity to abundance by implementing proven solutions with a positive, long-term impact.

Sid Vollebregt MSc, Managing Director

Desalination using Earth’s abundant resources.

How can water be scarce if 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered by water? With only a small fraction fresh water and even a smaller fraction accessible for consumption, the key to water access lies in the sea. Desalination is the obvious solution, with reverse osmosis as the preferred technology. However, this industry is energy and fossil intensive, resulting in high expenses. Conventional desalination accounts for 1% of the global electricity consumption, contributing to the acceleration of water scarcity by its emissions.

The obvious solution is desalination powered by renewable energy. However, this involves the challenge to couple a constant reverse osmosis process to fluctuating solar, wind or wave energy. This barrier resulted in high water expenses and limited water quality in the past. Enter Elemental Water Makers, providing solutions since 2012 to ensure affordable, high-quality fresh water, using unlimited resources. Join us in solving fresh water scarcity, using only the sea, sun, earth & wind!

Reinoud Feenstra MSc, Technical Director

Solving fresh water scarcity using only the sea, sun, earth and wind.

Global expertise. Global reach.

As a global yet flexible organisation, we collaborate with preferred civil work partners, architects, developers, suppliers and contractors. We meander our ways to work together to find the optimum form of collaboration and methods of financing.

As a result, we received the 1st prize of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award of the Deputy Ruler of Dubai. Out of 138 organisations active in desalination, we were chosen as the winner for our scalable and mature solutions.

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An unmatched expertise and understanding of the sector.

What drives us.


We observe that fresh water scarcity, the availability of energy and climate change effects are becoming crucial global challenges. As a response, we aim to solve fresh water scarcity by using only the sea, sun, earth & wind.


We believe that reducing costs will always play an important role in the decision making and therefore strive to provide the most cost attractive renewable energy driven desalination solutions for fresh water production. At the same time, we want to deliver a long-term sustainable solution for the water supply. Therefore we provide solutions that utilize renewable energy sources. We also understand that offering a carefree fresh water supply is important, while providing an outstanding level of service and reliability.


We recognize that we are part of a crucial time-span where all life on our Planet faces challenges, while we acknowledge the human influence on these challenges. Short-term motivations primarily driven by money have gotten the overhand on important values as sustainability, environmental impact and quality. We have set the goal in our organization to be aware of this problem and to contribute by offering long-term, sustainable and high quality solutions which avoid environmental impact.

Source: WRI Aqueduct 2014

Advisory board.

MBA. ENG.Hans van Tricht
J.M. (Hans) van Tricht has a background in the field of water quality, ICT and automation. Hans has an MBA of the Erasmus University of Rotterdam and has completed the education to be a register valuator. Currently, he is the CFO of a leading company in the international feed supply, which he has built and grown to a sizeable and healthy company over the past decade. At present, he is sharing his vast experience with different companies who are ready for extra growth. He has a strong network, a no-nonsense mentality and special interest in sustainability, running and cycling.
MBA. ENG.Reinoud Kimman
Reinoud Kimman, born in 1959, is an active investor in sustainable energy. Previously he worked as project developer for Econcern, Trading manager for Eneco and as Vice president for the APX, Amsterdam Power Exchange. Graduated as a Petroleum engineer he covered a broad range of energy supply. He worked and lived in South America and Singapore and holds a MBA from Rutgers University. He is active as business developer for EWM in Hong Kong.
MBA. ENG.Michiel Lensink
Michiel Lensink was the CEO of Voltea. He has led water technology start-ups for more than a decade. He founded Filtrix, was the Managing Director of Norit Filtrix, and developed a new range of decentralized water filtration systems based on membrane technology. He has a Masters Degree in Physics from Delft University of Technology and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. His main areas of expertise are business development, executive team building, strategy, BtoB marketing and operations. His specialties are cleantech with a strong focus on water.
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