- Duckweed for Wastewater (RodaleInstitute.org)
"Research funded by the North Carolina Biofuels Center suggests that duckweed could turn into the major industrial crop of the 21st century. It boasts the dual abilities to flourish in wastewater, uptaking nutrients before they leach or volatilize (purifying water in the process), and to produce 5 or 6 times the amount of starch as corn – making it a superior candidate for alternative energy."
"Researchers see potential for the small aquatic plant to play a major role in cleaning up animal waste at industrial hog farms, producing energy in the process." 06-09
- Locating Broken Water Pumps (CNN News)
"Water pumps can save lives -- but only if they work."
"That's the seemingly obvious idea behind a new smartphone app, called Flow, that lets people in the developing world snap pictures of water pumps that are broken."
"Other apps have aimed to accomplish similar things with geo-tagged data. SeeClickFix, for example, lets people report problems with city infrastructure, from potholes in the road to problems with subway cars. An app called Project Noah enables 'citizen scientists' to snap pictures and log information about nature and wildlife, which professional scientists could use in research." 10-10
- Solar-Powered Circulator (Aquafide.com)
"The SolarBee incorporates patented near-laminar radial flow technology that provides high-flow, long-distance circulation™ (LDC) to improve water quality in freshwater lakes and reservoirs, potable water tanks and reservoirs, wastewater ponds and lagoons, and estuarine environments." Awesome Library does not endorse these products but provides them as examples. 08-07
- Solar-Powered Circulator (SolarBee.com)
"The SolarBee can correct problems of overloading, odors, algae blooms, duckweed (in many cases), high BOD, high suspended solids (TSS), high ammonia (N), high phosphorus (P), high pH, low DO, and excessive volatile sludge buildup." Awesome Library does not endorse these products but provides them as examples. 08-07
- Water Purifier for a Village (CNN News)
"Dean Kamen, the engineer who invented the Segway, is puzzling over a new equation these days. An estimated 1.1 billion people in the world don't have access to clean drinking water, and an estimated 1.6 billion don't have electricity. Those figures add up to a big problem for the world—and an equally big opportunity for entrepreneurs."
"To solve the problem, he's invented two devices, each about the size of a washing machine that can provide much-needed power and clean water in rural villages." Awesome Library does not endorse these products but provides them as examples. 08-07
- Water Purifier for a Village (RedFerret.net)
"Dean Kamen has unveiled the latest iteration of his power and water package for the third world. The two components are a water purifier called Slingshot that uses a fraction of the power of alternatives and a Stirling engine based power generator that works on cow dung." Awesome Library does not endorse these products but provides them as examples. 08-07