HYDRA Solar Powered Water Purification and Energy System Introduced - Unique and Cost Effective
Clean, potable water is one of the many things people in developed countries take for granted. For more than 1 billion people in the world, though, finding enough drinkable water is a daily challenge. It’s so much of a challenge, in fact, that 5,000 people each day perish for lack of a commodity that flows freely from the taps of just about every household in the U.S. Now, an innovative system is addressing that challenge by using readily available solar and hydrogen energy.
The Hydra is a mobile water-purification and energy-generating unit that is essentially self-powered. Solar panels capture the energy to run the highly energy-efficient water purification system. Excess energy is stored in hydrogen-powered batteries, which provide electricity during evening hours or on cloudy days. Absolutely no diesel or other fuel is needed for the Hydra system. This is an enormous benefit considering the problems associated with fuel transport and possible contamination from spills.
Electricity and clean water are usually the first things to go after a natural disaster. A system such as the Hydra could be quickly set up and operational thereby saving thousands of lives. In areas where potable water is an ongoing problem, the Hydra could improve the health and economic viability of entire communities. The price for this near-miracle? $95,000. Small change indeed for such far-reaching benefits.