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Electricity, Wi-Fi: All in a solar powered water purifier

Electricity, Wi-Fi: All in a solar powered water purifier

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This device is perhaps a revolution in the field of access to safe drinking water for African communities.

Watly is a thermodynamic machine capable of purifying over 5,000 liters of water per day through solar energy, while at the same time generating enough electricity to power itself with surplus, and connecting everywhere within a kilometre radius to Wi-Fi.

β€˜β€˜Watly purifies water from any source of contamination, chemical, biological or physical. Without the need for a filter with boiling water,” said Marco Attisani, Founder and CEO of Watly.

Watly purifies water from any source of contamination, chemical, biological or physical. Without the need for a filter with boiling water.

The founders belief is that clean water is the first step out of poverty, and that those without any should have it first.

β€˜β€˜This technology is wrong with the wells; I am not criticizing this solution, but you can not help a community in the 21st century by digging wells. It must be a technology of this century,β€™β€˜ said Attisani

Besides drinking water, the unit also generates electricity required to recharge external devices and to power itself with surplus

In 2015, after a successful trial of Watly 2.0 in Ghana, the company won about $162 million in funding from organisations including the European Union’s biggest research and innovation programme.

The founders say Watly will provide 3 million litres of clean water a year, enough for 3,000 people, electricity for thousands of devices, and Wi-Fi for a kilometre-wide radius.

Reuters