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Tenkiv uses the abundant energy of the sun to produce clean water for the world.
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Tenkiv is about changing the way we think. About embracing objectivity and data to make intelligent, informed decisions. We've done the research, analysed the numbers, and designed a solution to some of the world's most pressing problems like the water crisis, global energy deficit, and climate change. We did this not because it was profitable, or because it was easy, but because it was the right thing to do.

We came to Kickstarter a couple years back because we needed your help to finalize the first phase of our development plan: the Tekdaqc, a data acquisition and control board.

Thanks to your contributions, today the Tekdaqc is used around the world by researchers such as NASA and ETH Zurich for a wide variety of projects. Now as we enter the second phase of our plan we get to show the world why the Tekdaqc was originally made: to control our solar power system called the Tenkiv Nexus.

The Tenkiv Nexus is a fully modular renewable energy system. It uses heat from the sun in order to power anything for 1/13th the cost of existing solar panels and 1/5th the cost of fossil fuels without any subsidies. It’s the breakthrough the world’s been waiting for that finally enables us to truly utilize the most abundant source of power available on earth: the sun. 

With this Kickstarter we’re starting deployment of the Tenkiv Nexus for water purification, but over time we’ll replace more and more of the world’s dying energy infrastructure with this new, more powerful, cost-effective, and completely clean energy nexus.

When used to purify water, a Nexus with just one panel can produce up to 2,000 liters a day without relying on any external power. This autonomy makes the Tenkiv Nexus unique– communities lacking in energy infrastructure who are in dire need of fresh water can rely solely on our system in order to fulfill all of their clean water needs.

Want to know more? Try our Info Pack, or read more in-depth about our technology in our Technical Briefing.

71% of the Earth is covered with water, and yet one billion people go without clean water every year. Lack of clean water access is the leading cause of death worldwide, with a child mortality rate of 1000 a day.

At Tenkiv we asked ourselves the obvious question: Why?

Surface water and groundwater are the most immediately available water sources for communities with little to no water infrastructure. These water sources include rivers, lakes, streams, wells, and other sources. While plentiful, these water sources often contain waterborne diseases and bacteria. Current methods of water purification, like filtration and chemical treatments, are very costly and generally require expensive energy infrastructure. This requirement means that traditional long-term solutions to water availability simply cannot work in the communities that need them the most.

The Tenkiv Nexus can solve this problem, and we’re starting deployment in Afghanistan.

We have partnered with the Afghan Development Association (ADA) to install pilots of the Tenkiv Nexus throughout Asia and Africa. We’re already on schedule to roll out the Tenkiv Nexus to 10,000 people within one year, but that number is not nearly enough. With your help we can get this life-saving technology into the hands of everyone who needs it. Our nonprofit partners are covering the costs of our pilot plant, but we need to cover the costs of scaling up production and providing training to the field engineers who will be doing the work on the ground. 

Your contributions will be the deciding factor in ensuring that clean water access makes it to those who need it most. 

Let’s work together to make a difference.

Let’s start a clean water revolution.

Single Panel 


Single Panel Water Sanitation System 


  • Tenkiv Solar Panel
  • Automation System 
  • Water Sanitation Module 
  • Vacuum Pump 
  • Fluid Pump 
  • HTF Tank  

 Click here for a more detailed spec sheet.


The University of California Advanced Solar Technologies Institute (UC Solar) - A multi-campus research institute dedicated to designing and developing innovative solar energy generation technologies that are more efficient, more affordable, and easier to integrate.

Afghan Development Association - a Non-Government, Non-Profit and Non-Political Organization. The ADA promotes and provides development and humanitarian related services to the people of Afghanistan.

Rettig - Europe's leading manufacturer of heat emitters. We're working with Rettig to do a custom production run for core components of our solar collector.

A link to our Press Kit.

A link to our Technical Briefing.


Poster of the Future - $25

Limited edition poster - Get a local artist rendition of a peek into the future of water availability with the Tenkiv Nexus. You'll also get a special thanks on our website, plus exclusive behind-the-scenes updates from Tenkiv!

Tenkiv Supporter Shirt - $40

Fitted shirt - A custom shirt to show your dedication to fighting climate change. You'll also get a special thanks on our website, plus exclusive behind-the-scenes updates from Tenkiv!

Solar Thermos - $80

Solar Thermos
Solar Thermos

Solar Thermos - With this solar thermos you'll be able to create hot water anywhere you go– just add sun! You'll also get a special thanks on our website, plus exclusive behind-the-scenes updates from Tenkiv!

Tenkiv Supporter Combo - $120 

Supporter Combo - A bundle of our limited edition poster, Tenkiv Supporter T-Shirt and Solar Thermos. You'll also get a special thanks on our website, plus exclusive behind-the-scenes updates from Tenkiv!

Tekdaqc - $999

The Tekdaqc
The Tekdaqc

Data Acquisition and Control - Receive the newest iteration of the Tekdaqc, only available through this Kickstarter. You'll also get our ‘poster of the future’, Tenkiv supporter T-Shirt, a special thanks on our website, plus exclusive behind-the-scenes updates from Tenkiv!  

DIY Standalone Solar Panel - $999 

Tenkiv Solar Thermal Collector
Tenkiv Solar Thermal Collector

Single Panel - With this you will receive a standalone solar thermal collector: the core component of the Tenkiv Nexus. This is the Tenkiv solar collector as listed in the tech specs section. For all the DIYers out there you can use this to power pretty much anything if you’re willing to do some custom work. If you want an out of the box ready to go solution, you should look into the complete water sanitation system. You'll also get our ‘poster of the future’, Tenkiv supporter T-Shirt, a special thanks on our website, plus exclusive behind-the-scenes updates from Tenkiv!

*Shipping dependant on location, contact us for details.

 Own a Water Sanitation System - $3,799

Tenkiv Nexus
Tenkiv Nexus

Tenkiv Nexus with Water Sterilization Module - This is a single panel version of the system that we will be deploying to communities in need. Own your very own system today or donate one to a family in need. This is the complete water sanitation system as listed in the tech specs. You'll also get the full supporter combo: A bundle of our limited edition poster, Tenkiv Supporter T-Shirt, Solar Thermos, a special thanks on our website, plus exclusive behind-the-scenes updates from Tenkiv!

*Shipping dependant on location, contact us for details.

DIY 10 Tenkiv Solar Collector Kit - $9,999 

If you want to make your own complete, custom solar energy solution, this is for you. The solar collector kit comes with 10 of our record breaking solar collectors (as listed in the tech specs), vacuum pump, HTF Tank, plus the automation system from the Tenkiv Nexus (the Tekdaqc, decision server, and a variety of pumps, valves, and sensors). You'll also get the full supporter combo: A bundle of our limited edition poster, Tenkiv Supporter T-Shirt, Solar Thermos, a special thanks on our website, plus exclusive behind-the-scenes updates from Tenkiv!

*Shipping dependant on location, contact us for details.

If you’re looking for something not listed in the these perks, contact us at [email protected] or leave a comment on our Kickstarter and we’ll see what we can do for you.

Risks and challenges

Like with our last successful Kickstarter, The Tenkiv Nexus has been thoroughly tested and demoed and works as indicated in the specification section. We will give regular updates here and will make sure everyone is kept up-to-date on anything that changes in the process. We ran our last Kickstarter over three years ago and are still providing support for our product.

We are ready to accelerate production as soon as we reach the required funding. There are always things that can happen when dealing with international shipping, especially with large systems. For instance, the Tenkiv Nexus could be stopped at customs or delayed due to its size and weight. This is why we have a reasonable time-frame for shipping & production and have our manufacturers ready to go as soon as they get the order.

This campaign is for a pilot project we are planning on implementing at cost. With this Kickstarter’s success we will have a real opportunity to showcase the power and potential of the Tenkiv nexus in a large scale real-world application.

Cumulatively the Tenkiv team has over 100 years of experience in their respective fields, and we are confident in our ability to deliver on this project.

The real risks and challenges we face don't lie in completing this project, but in the problems that we'll face without it.

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