Engineer Juan Carlos Borrero Plaza

Aero-Desalinator is a wind-powered desalination plant that uses reverse osmosis technology.

Product description Brand name and product description

Aero-Desalinator is a system that integrates wind energy technology with a desalination system to desalinate and purify brackish water from total dissolved solids (TDS) of up to 14,000 ppm to 500 ppm. Wind energy is harvested to abstract saline water from wells and transport it to a desalination system composed of a series of filters and membranes integrated with copper and silver ions for the removal of pathogens. Additionally, a reverse osmosis process is used to produce potable water. The equipment is also designed to work with photovoltaic systems connected with battery banks and inverters.

This equipment was invented by engineer Juan Carlos Borrero Plaza and was first applied to solve the water problem of the Uletsumana Wayuu community on Colombia’s Guajira Peninsula. Currently, this is a commercialized technology and more than 80 units have been installed in Colombia.

Target region(s) Target region for distribution/implementation (listed by country if specified)


Distributors/implementing organizations Organization(s) distributing/deploying this product directly to communities/individuals?"


Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.

The manufacturers have provided the overall cost of the system based on 30 years of a lifetime which includes:

Product cost:  35,000 USD (including georeferencing, well analysis, installation, and start-up)

Annual operation and maintenance cost: 2,800 USD

Liter value per day (including operation and maintenance costs): 0.0039 USD

Competitive landscape Similar products available on the market. May not be a comprehensive listing.

Desolenator, however, it also competes with other diesel-powered or on-grid electricity-powered desalination plants worldwide.

SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service

Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation

Target user(s) Target user/consumer base (country, income segment)

Target users include communities especially from the desert of Colombia’s Guajira Peninsula, while the target buyers include humanitarian organizations and local governments.

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