There are currently more than 50 million man-made water bodies worldwide, such as artificial lakes, lagoons on golf courses, and reservoirs, among many others. None of them have the transparency of swimming pools or tropical seas. On the contrary, their water looks murky and dark green because of the bottom’s algae proliferation and sediment accumulation.
For years, different water treatment technologies have been applied in large water bodies to achieve good quality, such as ozone, aeration, movement of water, enzymes, biological equilibrium, and fish, among others. However, none of these methods have created large crystalline water bodies with high transparency and microbiological quality.
For this reason, Fernando Fischmann, founder of Crystal Lagoons and biochemist by profession, created a sustainable technology method and system that allowed him to build and maintain large crystalline lagoons with excellent water quality at very low costs.
Public Access Lagoons® developments are the sustainable gathering place of the future. By bringing beach life, water sports, and entertainment close to home, PAL™ projects can lower the human impact on biodiversity and reduce CO2 emissions by 14 million tons, equivalent to 40% of the carbon footprint of tourism and transportation industries.
For this contribution, Crystal Lagoons was recognized as the “Champion of Champions” in the 2022 edition of the “Green World Awards” in Abu Dhabi. It won the Carbon Reduction category but also obtained the highest distinction in the British sustainability awards, beating 200 winners across all other categories, including Climate Change, Water and Energy Efficiency, and Innovation.
Two-thirds of the energy generated by power plants is lost to the environment as waste heat. Crystal Lagoons has developed and patented a state-of-the-art technology that can sustainably cool power plants, data centers, and other industrial processes while also capturing and taking advantage of the waste heat that would otherwise be lost. This waste heat is equivalent to two times the energy produced by all renewable sources combined. Most importantly, the waste heat captured can be used for desalinating water using membrane distillation with no additional energy, helping solve one of the world’s biggest problems: water scarcity.
The energy recovered from industrial processes can also be used to heat PAL™ lagoons year-round at no additional cost, using only residual energy. This creates a tropical-style lagoon with hot bathing water and warm air if a dome is incorporated. Thus, the lagoon is not only used for cooling but also opens up a new sustainable business opportunity that allows the community to enjoy beach life and water sports in any climate through ticketed entry to the lagoon.