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On UN Water Day, 783 million still lack clean water

Clean tech company announces machine capable of sanitizing 5,000 liters of water a day.

March 22, 2016   by Canadian Packaging staff

LONDON, UK—March 22 is the UN’s World Water Day, and clean tech company Watly is preparing to open an Indiegogo campaign to fund their award-winning solar technology. The Watly 3.0 thermodynamic computer uses solar energy to sanitize over 5000 liters 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.

The machine combines the three functionalities to make each one more efficient, delivering a level of service that would not be possible without them working in unison. Watly combines two major technologies: photovoltaic and thermal solar.

Feeding contaminated water (including ocean water) into the machine, Watly uses solar heat collected by super efficient vacuum-tubes to vaporize and therefore sanitize 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.

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During its 15 years of service, one Watly can save as much as 2,500 tons of greenhouse gas emissions (CO2), equivalent to 5,250 barrels of oil, purify millions of liters 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.

Watly chief executive officer and founder Marco A. Attisani comments: “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.”

Watly in Ghana 2

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 utilizing the power of the sun to provide the basic needs of modern civilization, Watly gives delocalized communities the smart infrastructure which enables them to leapfrog and become interconnected with the wider world.

Attisani 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 civilization, 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 7, 2016. Company information may be found at www.watly.com.


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