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Water scarcity is one of the major challenges of this century. Freshwater reserves are limited, and factors such as population growth, climate change, and tourism continue to increase demand. 

To address this issue, apart from consumption restrictions, many places use desalination plants to produce fresh water from seawater through physical and chemical processes. 

Spain, according to data from the Ministry for the Ecological Transition, has over 900 desalination plants in operation. These facilities have the capacity to produce around 4.5 billion liters of desalinated water per day, representing 10% of the potable water consumed in the country. Considering a daily consumption per person of 150 liters, this technology could supply approximately 30 million people solely for this use.  

This positions Spain as the leading country in Europe and the fourth worldwide in installed desalination capacity. The leadership in this aspect is held by Saudi Arabia, which obtains around 50% of its potable water through desalination, followed by the United States and the United Arab Emirates. Some countries like the Bahamas, Maldives, and Malta meet their entire water demand through this method. 

How does a portable desalination plant work? 

Portable desalination plants emerge as an effective alternative to fixed installations amid the water crisis. These devices are downsized versions of conventional desalination plants, with productions ranging from 100 m3/day to 5,000 m3/day, based on the principle of reverse osmosis.

That is, they capture seawater into the desalination plant where a pretreatment is applied to remove impurities. Then, this water is pressurized and passes through several filtration stages to enter semipermeable membranes. These membranes separate the desalinated water from the water returned to the sea. The result is clean water, free of salts and contaminants, ready for use in all types of applications, from human consumption to agricultural or industrial use. 

Being mobile, portable desalination plants can be strategically located near the source of saltwater. This reduces the costs associated with water distribution networks and transportation.

Desalination in maritime containers  

At Bullbox, we have a containerized solution for water scarcity. Our maritime containers can be transformed into anything one can imagine, including portable desalination plants

Thanks to their mobile structure, desalination plants in containers can be deployed easily and quickly in coastal regions for water treatment, without the need for civil works. Additionally, the investment is much more affordable than large-scale plants. 

For this, only minimal pre-installations are necessary. 


-An inlet water connection 

-Outlet connections 

Advantages of installing a desalination plant in a container 

-Portable desalination plants are usually installed entirely inside a standard 20′ or 40′ container, which facilitates their installation and mobility. 

-The flexible design of the container allows customization of each project, adapting it to a small community or to industrial or agricultural environments. Some units are isolated, others are prepared for energy support, and others for the desalination process. 

-Compact desalination plants in maritime containers are a versatile and efficient solution for obtaining potable water from seawater in various locations, making it a great solution for seawater potabilization in remote areas or where access to freshwater is limited. 

At Bullbox, we are pioneers in the transformation of maritime containers and have a wide variety of projects for the industrial sector.  

Contact us, and we will help you develop a containerized solution for water treatment for your community or industrial environment.