09 Jul Washington Serves: WorldWater trains / US REF deploys new standalone water purification system
Solar Company in Princeton Help Keep the U.S. Military Ready For Any Disaster Relief — click here from Washington Serves:
Solar-powered technology provides lifesaving clean water and energy for emergencies, wartime and disaster relief
(Princeton, New Jersey) WorldWater & Solar Technologies, the solar technology company based in Princeton, NJ, designs and builds special clean water and solar products for usage by the U.S. Army and the Marines. WorldWater’s Vice President of Operations, Michael Ingles, who has been instrumental in the setup, design and shipment of such products for over ten years, recently trained a number of military personnel at the U.S. Army’s Rapid Equipping Force’s (REF) headquarters in Fort Belvoir, Virginia as a follow up to WorldWater’s delivery of their MiDAS™ (Miniature Deployable Assistance Systems) unit, a stand – alone water purification system for salt and fresh water sources. The unit includes solar panels to generate energy for communications and battery backup. MiDAS™ units are currently used by the U.S. Army AFRICOM (Africa Command), the PACOM (Pacific Command) and the SOUTHCOM (Southern Command).
Says Mr. Ingles about WorldWater and its business across the globe, “Having a robust technology is important – and is what we have recently trained with the REF. One of the strengths that WorldWater & Solar Technologies has, that allows us to serve the needs of the governments and citizens in emerging markets, is our staff, including our board and Company advisors. It is not enough to have technology that works but also that our staff has experience in international development, whether they are returned peace corps volunteers, they are former or even current aid workers with NGOs, or former military personnel and emergency responders. Their diverse skills allow us to work in nations around the world with the U.S. Military and to communicate across this range, having a very open mind to solving problems in innovative ways. These skills allow us to serve our clients wherever they are in the world. Wherever they are coming from, we can meet them and meet their needs.”
While on site, Ingles assisted with creating the REF training videos. See the official training videos of WorldWater’s MiDAS™ and SHEPS™ units here.
In times of natural disaster, catastrophe or wartime, the U.S. Military must always be prepared to provide urgent assistance and relief for those adversely affected. WorldWater recently introduced their MiDAS™ unit to the REF, the U.S. Army’s quick – response arm that provides immediate solutions to urgent challenges of their forces deployed worldwide, so the personnel are prepared at any given moment when and if disaster strikes. Say’s Ingles, “It’s one thing to develop a piece of equipment that works well in the lab and it’s another thing to develop a piece of equipment that works well in the field. First and foremost, our equipment is rugged-ized. It is designed to withstand different environmental factors: dry, dusty conditions, salt environments and beyond.”
The U.S. Military also has deployed WorldWater’s PEAK™ (Prepositioned Expeditionary Assistance Kits™) units in Honduras, which are stand-alone units that purify and desalinate up to 1,500 gallons/day of drinking water from virtually any source. The PEAK™ unit also enables up to 50 remote users to communicate and share information directly with the PEAK™ central command base. In addition, the military uses the smallest unit, the SHEPS™ (Solar-Hybrid Electrification & Purification System™), which is the size of a medium suitcase. This SHEPS ™ can provide up to 100 watts power for 10+ hours and can desalinate up to 18-20 gph of drinking water up to 24 hours. All of the WorldWater units are environmentally friendly, producing low noise and zero pollution.
More about the MiDAS™ unit
MiDAS™ is an affordable, self-contained, modular, hybrid-powered system providing portable water purification, communications and situational awareness capabilities. It provides services to small military teams or local responders in support of a wide variety of missions including humanitarian assistance/disaster relief (HA/DR) and operations in remote areas.
Since 1984, WorldWater has provided viable solutions for solar electric power and water crises globally, including patented solar-powered systems that can provide electric power as well as pump hundreds of thousands of gallons per day from lakes, rivers and deep wells for irrigation and municipal water supply. The company also produces and installs stand-alone, portable water filtration technologies that can desalinate brackish or seawater along with up to 30,000 gallons of polluted fresh water into clean water per day for drinking, cooking and hygiene.
About Michael Ingles
Mr. Ingles provides oversight for the research and development and manufacturing programs within WorldWater & Solar Technologies, Inc. He has been with the WorldWater team since 1996, implementing solar water pumping projects throughout Eastern Africa, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, and the United States. He has more than 20 years experience in international development of the product line. Prior to working at WWST, he served as a natural resource management consultant with the U.S. Peace Corps in Thailand and worked as a wildland fire fighter with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service along the U.S./Mexican border. Mr. Ingles graduated with a B.S. in Geology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1989) and holds a Masters Degree in Energy and Environmental Policy from the University of Delaware (2004).
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