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Team Member Susanne Chess with Solution News Producer Kristy Jansen.

Interview By Rinaldo Brutoco of  Team Members Susanne Chess & Bob Evans

Interview starts at 13:20. It is preceded by an introduction by Rinaldo Brutoco discussing ways to fix the planet with the levers of business. Recorded Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, 5:00-6:00 pm

Montecito Journal, Vol 6, Issue 4, scroll 3 clicks in to page 6 for “Operation Desalination,” by weekly columnist, Richard Mineards (with Team Member Susanne Chess):

I have used as my column lead, as I think your technology quite ground breaking.”

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Contact: Susanne Chess, Director of Communications

Bob Evans and Susanne Chess received notice from the United States Patent and Trademark Office that their claims for a new method of desalination will be accepted. The novelty of their innovation evolved through looking at desalination as a deep ocean water (DOW) venture. Significant energy savings are predicted as deep ocean pressure does much of the work required for forcing saltwater through reverse osmosis filters. The process is natural. By operating below 900 ft/274 m, where 90% of documented marine life exists, environmental impact is predicted to be significantly less. Sourcing fresh water through their revolutionary process won’t require establishing industrial scale desalination facilities in high value and vulnerable coastal properties.

CHESS+EVANS are raising money for a pilot plant, collaboration with which they have been discussing with outer continental shelf operators and governments. They are also looking for a gauge of community support for looking at our future in this manner (and for help with international patent filing fees) at

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A Deeper Approach to Ocean Desalination

Bob Evans and Susanne Chess, of Chess + Evans LLC (C+E), received acceptance of their US patent claims for innovative deep sea-based, mobile desalination modules and system. A technological breakthrough they believe will revolutionize the production of fresh water. “It’s a validation of our unique approach of applying deep ocean water technology to existing reverse osmosis (RO) systems, using ocean pressure to offset energy requirements,” explained Chess, who is responsible for C+E business strategy and marketing.

The two entrepreneurs have a long-time involvement in ocean-based projects including Evans’ spearheading establishment of the California mussel harvesting industry and participating in a natural bio-fouling removal program for Chevron’s Platform Hilda. Researching and documenting the marine ecosystems beneath the offshore oil platforms, and the first alternative uses for operating and decommissioned platforms. They are also principals of Bob Evans Designs Inc., which manufactures proprietary Force Fins sold worldwide to military and sport scuba divers, swimmers and fly fishermen. The Ops Force Fin made for Jean Michel Cousteau earned them a “Time Magazine Innovation of the Year” award. 

A Salty Future

As a result of climate change, increased drought, aquifer depletion and saltwater incursion, demand for desalination systems to produce fresh water is expected to grow dramatically over the next few decades. C+E’s unique system offers several significant potential benefits.

First, the mobile system units, which can be thought of as specialized remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), will individually produce up to 250-1000 gallons per minute (gpm). They can be deployed from ships or barges for emergency response or to address fresh water demand in coastal areas and island nations that have access to deep water.

Second, the system is estimated to reduce reverse osmosis (RO) power requirements by up to 40% by using ocean pressure at depth to drive the process. Energy is required for extraction.

Third, the system minimizes environmental impacts by operating deeper than 900 feet of seawater (fsw)/274 m, the depth of the Diel Vertical Migration (DVM) of phytoplankton, which produce more than 70% of the earth’s oxygen. This also reduces filtering requirements and density of brine discharge. In this regard, C+E believes their system responds to United Nations Sustainability Goals.

The modules incorporate an innovative buoyancy system, which directs some of the fresh water produced into a bladder to provide lift. As a result, the system can function in the water column and not disturb benthic communities on the sea floor.

Another application of the technology is to process fresh water at depth to fill lift bladders for a safe and stable alternative to air bags economical.

The next phase of the project expected to take eighteen months, is to build a pilot plant module with the help of Innovative Design, Inc., based in Knoxville, TN. The firm specializes in reverse osmosis technology and has worked on multimillion-dollar projects with one of the largest desalination companies in the world. IDI also boasts Oak Ridge National Laboratories and CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research among its clients. C+E has also retained as a consultant Phil Nuytten, founder and CEO of Nuytco Research Ltd and Can-Dive Construction Ltd, which builds atmospheric diving systems.

Chess and Evans are looking for potential investors and partners, including coastal desalination, deep ocean water operators and governments to add C+E’s modules and desalination systems into their water supply infrastructure.