Today is the UN World Water Day, where the world highlights that while some of us are thinking about what to have for dinner already, around 783 million people are still without clean water (hey, this isn’t a guilt trip, just the way it is, no judgment.)
One clean technology company, Watly, has found a way to sanitise 5,000 litres of water daily and mark this in your money diaries: in two weeks (April 7), it will launch a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to fund its award-winning technology.
The Watly 3.0 thermodynamic computer uses solar energy to sanitise more than 5,000 litres of water a day, as well as generating electricity and connectivity. The development of Watly 3.0 follows the successful trial of a smaller machine, Watly 2.0, in Abenta Village, Ghana.
Watly has a rather grand aim – nothing wrong with that – to provide the three pillars that modern society needs to prosper: water, power and connectivity.
The machine combines the three functionalities to make each one more efficient, delivering a level of service that would possible without them working in unison. Watly combines two major technologies: photovoltaic and thermal solar.
Now for the science bit
Feeding contaminated water (including ocean water) into the machine, Watly uses solar heat collected by super efficient vacuum-tubes to vaporise and therefore sanitise the water. This process includes the use of graphene technology. The photovoltaic panels located on the roof, generate instead off-grid electricity to power the internal electronics of the machine as well as being used for recharging external devices such as mobiles phones or portable computers.
During its 15 years of service, one Watly can save as much as 2500 tons of greenhouse gas emissions (CO2), equivalent to 5250 barrels of oil, purify millions of litres of water and generate 1GWh of free electricity.
Each Watly communicates with the Central Network Management Platform, as well as with other machines via radio-link, existing networks (3G/4G), and/or satellite connections. A Watly system can be controlled using the connectivity it provides meaning that settings can be adjusted to cope to any changes in climate or environment. One Watly is stand-alone machine, but two or more Watly become a network. This network can power entire cities and countries, servicing million of people, while benefiting the planet earth.
Marco A. Attisani, CEO & Founder of Watly, said: “Our experience in Ghana was truly eye-opening: we knew the potential of our prototype Watly, but seeing it transform a village by providing easy access to basic resources made us really proud about what we are doing. On our planet we still have one billion people lacking clean water, two billion without electricity, and around five billion without connectivity. In this technological age, when we have so much capacity to provide solutions to these basic problems, these numbers are not acceptable anymore.”
Having won the most prestigious award sponsored by the European Union, “Horizon2020” allowed the company to build the first pre-industrial version of Watly 3.0, to be presented in September 2016. The company is now launching a crowd funding campaign to give individuals the opportunity to contribute to the transformative technology. By utilising the power of the sun to provide the basic needs of modern civilisation, Watly gives delocalized communities the smart infrastructure which enables them to leapfrog and become interconnected with the wider world.
Marco continues: “The sun is an independent unlimited and apolitical source of energy available to entire humanity, unlike all other forms of energy. By using such a source to provide the three core pillars of civilisation, it allows the developing world to compete on an international stage. We are helping to provide the infrastructure so that they can support themselves moving forward. The interconnectivity is crucial to allowing communities to work together to grow their economies and as a reflex, ours.”
The Indiegogo campaign is set to open on April.
It gets our seal of approval for impact, but do #investaware, won’t you? Your capital will be at risk.