“Sharad Sapra, M.D., Director, UNICEF Global Innovation Centre
Lisa Nash, Chief Marketing Officer, Thrive Networks; CEO, Blue Planet Network
Wayne Ferreira, CEO, EcoloBlue
From access to clean water to disease prevention to education, millions of people around the world are in desperate need of innovative technologies and products that fulfill their basic human needs. CauseTech is a landmark initiative to crowd-source breakthrough ideas, inventions, products and emerging technologies, bridging the private and public sector into a global open innovation ecosystem.
Through collaborative thinking, they seek to adapt and deploy inventive technology solutions that can help UNICEF scale its efforts to meet the ever-growing needs of the poorest and most vulnerable and excluded children across 190 countries. Focusing on access to water, health care, nutrition and energy, our panel will showcase the power of community and the early success of work being done through this initiative.
– See more HERE”
Podcast can be listened to HERE
EcoloBlue Machine Donation: Tulare County Drought Situation Dire As Neighbors Steal Water From Neighbors
On Tuesday, working next to community showers in the Iglesia Emmanuel Church parking lot in the drought’s hardest-hit area in the state, Hernandez anxiously awaited a delivery he believes will make a big difference.
“Today is a good day,” he said. “We don’t get too many days around here lately.”
Bay Area company Ecoloblue is in Tulare County, donating an atmospheric water generator that makes purified drinking water from the humidity in the air.
The unit makes up to eight gallons a day, a mere drop in the bucket. But in a community with more than 1,000 people without water, Hernandez says it’s at least something.
Our behind the scenes photos and blog about that day: HERE
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We occasionally get some raised eyebrows when we mention the power consumption of our EB30 Series units. This is very surprising. Given that at about 380 Watts, it runs on far less energy than half of your appliances, costs far less than bottled water, prevents plastic bottle waste, and to most people is a necessity to provide clean drinking water. Unlike running a TV, microwave or dishwasher that are not really needed in the grand scheme of things.
Using the formula on THIS website, let’s see how this plays out…
1. Estimate of time used: The EcoloBlue should remain powered on 24/7
2. Wattage: The wattage is around 380 Watts at normal usage/idle. If you use the hot function, it will rise slightly during those short durations. Alternately, when the machine is running idle, it used less than 30 Watts. But we will use 380 as a baseline for this example.
3. Daily energy consumption:
(380 W × 24 Hrs) ÷ 1,000 = 9.12 kWh
4. Annual energy consumption: The machine is used daily.
9.12 kWh × 365 = 3328.8 kWh
5. Annual cost: The utility rate is 11 cents per kWh for this example. Check your own bill for your specific rate.
3328.8 kWh × $0.11/kWh = $366.17/year (and the water is FREE)
Our EB30 Series machines create ‘up to’ 8 gallons a day based on humidity levels. So again, so the sake of this example, let’s just say the machine creates 5 gallons a day in an average humidity location.
– 5 gallons a day x 365 days = 1,825 gallons a year
– $366.17 / 1,825 gallons = $.20 a gallon
At this time on Office Depot’s website (for example), you can get 1 gallon of water for $.99.
– That bottled water would cost $1806.75 annually for 1,825 gallons.
– That is $1,440.58 more than the electricity cost of running the EB30.
So while your money is going to your power company instead of your grocery store, you are still saving $1,440.58 every year on your bottled water purchases. In the end, I really see no arguments for anyone saying that the machine uses too much electricity. It actually pays for itself 4-5 times over in reality, if you stop buying bottled water.
Makes sense to me.
As a whole, EcoloBlue‘s mission is to provide safe and clean drinking water to those who do not have it. That’s the bottom line. And what is one of the worst hit areas in California? East Porterville. One of our Sales Representatives, Dexter Fernandez, and myself, Heather Jepsen (Operations Manager), decided to take a road trip down to Porterville yesterday to see and hear first hand what is going on down there. We wanted to donate an EcoloBlue home/office machine to Pastor Hernandez, who runs the Iglesia Emmanuel in Porterville. We also met Nick Janes from CBS13 Sacramento, and cameraman, Mike Lowry at the church. We learned about Pastor Hernandez through a news story on the drought that Nick organized, in which we were also a part. He wanted to do a follow up since we were brought together through his stories. Andrew Lockman, Manager of the Tulare County of Emergency Services, also made an appearance and looked over our machine.
When we arrived at the church, we were warmly greeted by Pastor Hernandez, Nick, and Mike, and spent several hours with the pastor. We brought the machine into the church, showed him how to use it, and let him know the benefit of setting the timer and allowing it to produce water at night when their humidity level is the highest. He also showed us around the property. We were able to see the container filled with water from the county, that he distributes to the residents. They also have 2 shower trailers on site for residents to use. One for handicap, and one that is split between a men’s section and a women/children section. This is apparently costing the county $30,000 a month to rent. They were only supposed to have it on site for 6 months, but it has been extended.
The whole time we were there, residents were coming and going to pick up cases of drinking water. We also heard some of their stories such as one trying to share water (plumbing) with their neighbors, but apparently that is illegal to do now. One resident spoke of a quote of a $16,000 to replace the well on his property. He has to move. And the pastor spoke of one gentleman who refused to take a donation of water, because he did not want to take it from someone doing “this” for the fame. By “this”, he meant doing these news stories. It was very disappointing to hear that someone was being skeptical, and refusing something his family greatly needs, because they had a false impression of the pastor.
There are so many people who need help, and we should look highly on, and appreciate what people like Pastor Hernandez are donating their time to do.
Pastor Hernandez also let us know about the food donations they do once a month. Besides water, what they also really need is a commercial refrigerator to store the food, while waiting to be donated. If you are interested in making a donation, please let us know and we can provide you with contact information.
In India, Ferreira envisions EcoloBlue standing alongside aquifers – sparked with energy from renewable sources – refilling water that is pumped out each day. The machine could also be used alongside village wells – which remain the primary water source for about a third of the country’s population – ensuring a consistent supply of potable water for a thirsty rural India.
“This is not going to solve a drought, but it can help out in a very large capacity,” said Ferreira. “The desperation for water is getting worse; every day I see more and more potential.”
EcoloBlue is currently in talks with a couple of companies based in India to develop a cut-down version assembled in India, thereby reducing the cost of manufacturing and bypassing import duties. The company is also working with almond and walnut growers in California’s Central Valley, who have suffered a severe economic crisis over the past four years due to an extended drought. Indian Americans primarily of Punjabi descent produce about one-fifth of the nation’s almonds and walnuts from this region.
“This really flip-fops the idea of thinking about water, how something like this functions in an environment where there is no electricity,” Accone of UNICEF told India-West, calling EcoloBlue a “truly innovative” product. She noted that the machine was already being used in Bangladesh to “recharge” aquifers – pumping EcoloBlue’s water back into an existing water supply.