Chess+Evans - Water is Sacred

Please contribute to technology to help save the oceans, our atmosphere, and those who need fresh water, which of course, means everyone and everything.

Your contribution tells the world you support development of technology that offers solutions to the most pressing issues we face today. That each, and every one of us can make a difference in what the future is. Thank you.

Hi, my name is Bob Evans and I am Susanne Chess. We are the force behind C+E=DOW, a more sustainable means of converting saltwater into fresh water. Please help us to validate community support for a project we started five years ago: Development of a new method of desalination predicted to have 90% less environmental impact than state of the art.

C+E=DOW is the acronym for Chess+Evans Deep Ocean Water (DOW), technological solutions to our most pressing need – Fresh Water 

·         C+E=DOW Desalination is designed to NOT entrain or entrap marine life, most notably plankton (more on this below and in updates to come)

·         C+E=DOW Desalination will NOT discharge high volumes of highly concentrated brine, the reduction of which is identified by the United Nations in its sustainability goals (more on this in updates to come)

·         Engineering experts in reverse osmosis deduced that C+E=DOW Desalination will require as much as 40% less energy to produce fresh water from saltwater than currently operating reverse osmosis systems.

C+E=DOW Desalination is a simple solution to a variety of complex problems.  

To understand just how important a development it is, we can start with a discussion about the oceans, and the most basic creatures that live there: Plankton

Every day plankton migrates to the ocean surface where it releases oxygen and scrubs carbon from the atmosphere. You might call it the lungs of the Earth. Plankton produces more than half the oxygen in our atmosphere. The plankton then drops down to around 900’ where it naturally sequesters CO2. The process is described as “diel vertical migration” or “diurnal vertical migration.” We just call it by its acronym - DVM

As our friend Jean Michel Cousteau told us, when we introduced C+E=DOW Desalination to him, “It's the largest migration on Earth. It happens every day.”  Plankton's health is key to stabilizing ocean acidification and global climate change. Everything depends upon it. 

Existing desalination systems operate in surface waters, sucking plankton, and other marine life at intake and discharging brine (which includes not only salt, but also the detritus of entrained marine life) into environmentally sensitive coastal waters.

C+E=DOW Desalination is designed to operate below DVM – below 900,’ where there exist 90% less biomass, plankton and other marine life, to entrap or entrain. Current design is optimized for operation at an ocean depth of around 1700’, where deep ocean pressure exceeds that required to force saltwater through  reverse osmosis filters. The process occurs naturally, which contributes to energy savings. The process does require some power to move water from our module to surface or shore and to reach you! 

We’ve searched the world and identified many locations which could benefit from C+E=DOW Desalination: Islands of the Atlantic, Caribbean and Pacific, Marshall Island, which is affected by saltwater infiltration of its aquifer, countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea and in the Mideast bordering the Red Sea and the Straits of Hormuz, coastal communities of every continent.

We live in Santa Barbara, which like most of the North American Southwest is subject to periodic and severe drought. Just off our coast and framed by the Outer Continental Shelf is an undersea plateau, miles of level sea bottom at optimum depth, with infrastructure in place for supply of power and transfer of fresh water to shore.

Our coastal community is the home of many firsts, programs, policies and technologies related to the ocean and environment. We would like to see our hometown benefit from the solutions we offer, for it to host our inaugural program. For this to happen, we must have community support. Your contribution small (or large) or matching validates that support.

Funds will be used to pay for costs necessary to project pursuit. These evolve. We began our GoFundMe campaign with paying filing fees for entering National Stage, to take our patent application, issuing in the United States, to the next level. To place our intellectual property in position for patent protection in other countries. Thanks to those who quickly responded to our call for help, we were able to file for protection of our innovations in many more countries than may have been possible without help from our community. We are still working on paying these.

We are transparent and will publish financial statements disclosing how every penny raised here is spent:

See April 2, 2020 Update for 1st Quarter 2020, Campaign Financial Statement

You can learn more by reading our Updates that follow or our website .

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Susanne Chess 
Santa Barbara, CA
Bob Evans 
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