2 ounce solar water purifier
Aug 16, 2016 at 9:34 pm #3420695jscottBPL Member
@bookLocale: Northern California
Did anyone else see this on the news last night?: a 2 ounce-ish solar ‘panel’ with extras that’s about 3/4 of an inch long and 1/4 inch wide. Apparently it’s being developed to purify water in third world countries. It takes 20 minutes to purify water–I missed out on how much water, sorry. You drop it into water and let it sit. I’m not even sure of the principles involved–I was going to bed and barely caught the broadcast. but no, I wasn’t dreaming!Aug 18, 2016 at 7:59 am #3420957Aug 18, 2016 at 8:23 am #3420962KRSBPL Member
@krshomeLocale: Virginia USA
That is pretty darn amazing!Aug 18, 2016 at 9:16 am #3420972JCHBPL Member
That is pretty darn amazing!
Agreed! But for backpacking I’m not certain I would want to pin my ability to purify water on having a bright sunny day.Aug 18, 2016 at 11:11 am #3421004Rex SandersBPL Member
Could be interesting if this works in the real world, but don’t hold your breath.
Nature Nanotechnology paper:
…we achieved water disinfection of >99.999% inactivation of bacteria in 20 min with a small amount of material (1.6 mg / liter) under simulated visible light
— RexAug 19, 2016 at 10:43 pm #3421261Rex SandersBPL Member
No sunlight, no problem.
One of the key features of this new material is harvesting visible light. Somebody could develop a bottle with this material and a bunch of LEDs tuned to the frequencies that generate the most hydrogen peroxide. Use built-in rechargeable batteries with a limited lifespan for guaranteed return customers. If you really want to over-engineer it, include solar cells so you can recharge the batteries. Add a few incremental patents and you have a multimillion dollar business.
Maybe. From the press release:
… it’s only been tested on specific concentrations of bacteria mixed with less than an ounce of water in the lab, not on the complex stews of contaminants found in the real world.
As we’ve seen from other “breakthrough” water purification technologies, it’s a long way from the lab to a product sold by REI.
— RexAug 23, 2016 at 1:34 pm #3422021Ralph BurgessBPL Member
I’m not sure how this benefits the first-world ultralight backpacker. If you’re going to use a chemical method (which this is, indirectly – it generates ROS) we already have the proven direct chemical method of Aquatabs – and they weigh virtually nothing, and don’t require bright sunlight. The major drawback of chemical methods is that they are less effective against spores, and this won’t address that problem.
The benefits of a non-consumable method are obvious in the Third World, of course. Something light and portable that could set up a purifying installation for a village or for a disaster zone.
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