Jul 12

Solar Powered Water Purification


Solar-powered technology provides lifesaving clean water and energy for emergencies, wartime and disaster relief

MiDAS™ kit being deployed by air.

(Princeton, NJ – June 19, 2017) WorldWater & Solar Technologies, the solar technology company based in Princeton, NJ designs and builds special clean water and solar products for usage by the U.S. Army and the Marines. WorldWater’s Vice President of Operations, Michael Ingles, who has been instrumental in the setup, design and shipment of such products for over ten years, recently trained a number of military personnel at the U.S. Army’s Rapid Equipping Force’s (REF) headquarters in Fort Belvoir, Virginia as a follow up  to WorldWater’s delivery of their MiDAS™ (Miniature Deployable Assistance Systems) unit, a stand-alone water purification system for salt and fresh water sources. The unit includes solar panels to generate energy for communications and battery backup. MiDAS™ units are currently used by the U.S. Army AFRICOM (Africa Command), the PACOM (Pacific Command) and the SOUTHCOM (Southern Command).

Says Mr. Ingles about WorldWater and its business across the globe, “Having a robust technology is important — and is what we have recently trained with the REF. One of the strengths that WorldWater & Solar Technologies has, that allows us to serve the needs of the governments and the citizens in emerging markets, is our staff, including our board and company advisors. It is not enough to have technology that works but also that our staff has experience in international development, whether they are returned peace corps volunteers, they are former or even current aid workers with NGOs, or former military personnel and emergency responders. Their diverse skills allow us to work in nations around the world with the U.S. military and to communicate across this range, having a very open mind to solving problems in innovative ways. These skills allow us to serve our clients wherever they are in the world. Wherever they are coming from, we can meet them and meet their needs.”

While on site, Ingles assisted with creating the REF training video. See the official training of the MiDAS units here.

In times of natural disaster, catastrophe or wartime, the U.S. Military must always be prepared to provide urgent assistance and relief for those adversely affected. WorldWater recently introduced their MiDAS™ unit to the REF, the U.S. Army’s quick-response arm that provides immediate solutions to urgent challenges of their forces deployed worldwide, so the personnel are prepared at any given moment when and if disaster strikes. Says Ingles, “It’s one thing to develop a piece of equipment that works well in the lab and it’s another thing to develop a piece of equipment that works well in the field. First and foremost, our equipment is rugged-ized. It is designed to withstand different environmental factors: dry, dusty conditions, salt environments and beyond.”

The U.S. Military also has deployed WorldWater’s PEAK™ (Prepositioned Expeditionary Assistance Kits™) units in Honduras, which are stand-alone units that purify and desalinate up to 1,500 gallons/day of drinking water from virtually any source. The PEAK unit also enables up to 50 remote users to communicate and share information directly with the PEAK central command base. In addition, the military uses the smallest unit, the SHEPS™ (Solar-Hybrid Electrification & Purification System™), which is the size of a medium suitcase. This SHEPS™ can provide up to 100 watts power for 10+ hours and purifies 18-20 gph of drinking water up to 24 hours. All of the WorldWater units are environmentally friendly, producing low noise and zero pollution.

WorldWater’s MiDAS™ solar water purification and power unit

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