Latest in clean water tech: tech bicycle
LATEST IN CLEAN WATER TECH: THE BICYCLE
A new invention purifies water using the power generated by bike riding.
The idea is to purify water without the need for electricity. Peddling the bike delivers power to a battery, which powers an ultraviolet bulb. Exposure to the bulb purifies and disinfects the water. UV is used on a much larger scale for water systems. It's proven technology.
The Portland, OR, startup wants to help people who don't have access to clean drinking water. The company is targeting urban areas where people have to boil the water they collect from community water centers. It is focusing on East Africa, in particular. The boiling takes so much time. They boil in the morning and at night just to keep up a supply. Want to reduce the number of people who die from water related illnesses – more than 3 million people die every year.
Configured so that it can remain stationary, the bike cleans about 20 liters of water in a few minutes.
The invention aims to provide a business model that can be lucrative for entrepreneurs in developing countries. The products are "marketed to local entrepreneurs in the developing world to own and operate clean water businesses," the company says.
Source- Water online.com
08-09-2014 04:16 PM