Mar 22, 2016

Watly Prepares Crowdfunding Campaign for Solar Technology

Company's thermodynamic computers sanitize water, generate electricity

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Today, on UN’s World Water Day, clean tech company Watly is preparing to open an Indiegogo campaign to fund their solar technology. The Watly 3.0 thermodynamic computer uses solar energy to sanitize over 5000 liters of water a day, as well as generating electricity and connectivity. The development of Watly 3.0 follows the successful trial of a smaller machine, Watly 2.0, in Abenta Village, Ghana.

Watly will provide the three pillars that modern society needs to prosper: water, power and connectivity. The machine combines the three functionalities to make each one more efficient, delivering a level of service that would not be possible without them working in unison. Watly combines two major technologies: photovoltaic and thermal solar. Feeding contaminated water (including ocean water) into the machine, Watly uses solar heat collected by vacuum tubes to vaporize and therefore sanitize the water. This process includes the use of graphene technology. The photovoltaic panels located on the roof generate off-grid electricity to power the internal electronics of the machine, as well as recharge external devices such as mobiles phones or portable computers.

During its 15 years of service, one Watly can save as much as 2500 tons of greenhouse gas emissions (CO2), purify millions of liters of water and generate 1GWh of free electricity.

Each Watly communicates with the Central Network Management Platform, as well as with other machines via radio link, existing networks (3G/4G), and/or satellite connections. A Watly system can be controlled using the connectivity it provides, meaning that settings can be adjusted to cope to any changes in climate or environment. One Watly is a standalone machine, but two or more Watly become a network. This network can power entire cities and countries.

Marco Attisani, CEO & founder of Watly, comments: “Our experience in Ghana was truly eye-opening: we knew the potential of our prototype Watly, but seeing it transform a village by providing easy access to basic resources made us really proud about what we are doing. On our planet we still have one billion people lacking clean water, two billion without electricity and around five billion without connectivity. In this technological age, when we have so much capacity to provide solutions to these basic problems, these numbers are not acceptable anymore.”

Winning the “Horizon2020” award, sponsored by the European Union, enabled the company to build the first pre-industrial version of Watly 3.0, to be presented in Sep. 2016. The company is now launching a crowd funding campaign to give individuals the opportunity to contribute to the technology. By utilizing the power of the sun to provide the basic needs of modern civilization, Watly gives delocalized communities the smart infrastructure that enables them become connected with the wider world.

The Indiegogo campaign is set to open on April 7.