Developing nations often lack the complex infrastructure needed to supply electricity and clean water to all of their inhabitants. This means that many communities are left to fend for themselves when it comes to facilitating clean water management and other things we would consider necessities today. One company just launched a project on Indiegogo to create a giant solar unit that would be capable of providing electricity, clean water, and even internet connectivity to struggling communities of up to 3000 people, anywhere in the world.
Measuring a total of 131 feet long, this would be the largest solar powered computer in the world, and it could change the lives of many. The company behind the project, Watly, just finished a pilot project with a similar device as sort of a 'proof of concept' in Ghana, and they are seeking a total of just US$75,000 to implement their first device.
Enabling these communities access to clean water and electricity may seem like an obvious avenue for development, but some may questions why providing internet to these towns would be beneficial. Many of these places have struggling educational systems and otherwise lack knowledge that the rest of the world has. Bringing knowledge through the internet to remote people groups could inspire a whole new generation of thinkers and engineers that otherwise wouldn't have the resources to do so.
The proposed system is estimated to be able to produce 1,320 gallons of clean water per day for 15 years sustainably. Surprisingly the source water isn't limited to fast moving streams or rivers, and the machine can even desalinate ocean water if necessary. In case you were trying to grasp the scale of the solar array on this computer, it would be capable of charging 3,000 personal electronic devices each day.
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Currently, the company is focused on helping developing countries in Africa, but given enough funding the program would easily be scalable and adaptable to any environment. The thermal energy transferred from the sun would be used to purify the water and the solar array in the center of the x-shaped system would generate useable electrical energy. Assuming the project gets funding, the goal would be to implement the first Watly system in Africa later this year.
[Image Source: Watly]
Systems and technologies like this could change the face of modern connectivity and help push developing countries into modern times. As this device is implemented in more environments and receives more funding, the project will inevitably grow in its energy transfer efficiencies. Watly has the ability to change the lives of thousands of people, and you can get involved in this ambition project here.
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Written by Trevor English