Solar-powered water purifiers donated to Japan

Wind turbine giant, Gamesa, has teamed up with WorldWater & Solar Technologies to donate two solar water purification systems to areas of Japan devastated by the earthquake and tsunami.
Solar-powered water purifiers donated to Japan

Two solar-driven water purification systems called Mobile MaxPure®(MMP) will be air shipped to Japan today to help the people in villages near the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant. The systems are being donated by WorldWater & Solar Technologies, Inc. of Princeton (US), manufacturers and marketers of the MMP solar systems, and by Gamesa of Spain, the multinational wind manufacturer with major US operations.

One of the MMP solar units will screen radiation from the pure drinking water it pumps, desalinates and purifies and the other unit will pump and purify 30,000 gallons of biologically polluted water per day. Its Reverse Osmosis systems desalinate and purify water (including removing nuclear radiation).

Each system operates 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, enabled by solar-charged battery banks embedded in the 7- foot cubed structures. Each system opens automatically into a 3.3 kW array for pumping and purifying and/or decontaminating the drinking water plus generating electricity for lights, tools, cell phone charging etc. WorldWater is also donating custom trailers for each system to enable ready mobility.

“Since the earthquake struck Japan last month, WorldWater and Gamesa have worked every single day and night to deliver much needed relief to the Japanese people,” said David M. York Senior Vice President of WorldWater.

This action is related to the corporate strategy of both companies to be actively involved in those communities where they operate, both providing initiatives and solutions.

WorldWater's purification systems have helped save lives around the world from New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina to Haiti, Sudan and Ethiopia. In late 2008 for example, the company was in contact with the US Army Reconstruction Teams operating in Afghanistan for the use of MMP units in the rugged tribal areas of Afghanistan in need of clean water and renewable energy.

Meanwhile, in 2009, it was approached by the leadership of Somalia’s transitional government to bring a solar-powered solution to the country to provide energy and clean water to thousands of Somalis. With an initial focus on bringing potable water to thousands of displaced people, WorldWater is working with the Somali Government to identify sites with sufficient well yield, rehabilitate the boreholes and install Mobile MaxPure® units in and around Mogadishu as well as in rural areas in the southern portions of the country.

"The Mobile Max Pure systems from World Water [are] doing the impossible; saving lives and bringing hope to broken communities," said Kyle Adams of Humanitarian International Services Group about the units deployed in Sudan.

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