Valdivia Hydroelectric Water Filter

Valdivia Hydroelectric Water Filter

From Kevin Cox

We are a group of students from the University of Virginia developing a device that can provide clean water and electricity to those who do not have access to either. Funds will go toward building supplies and materials.

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We are Valdivia, a group creating a small, portable water filter that doubles as a hydroelectric power source for an entrepreneurship class here at UVA. The device will be able to be placed in streams, small rivers or have another water source hooked up to the top of the device to pump through contaminated water, where the water flow would then turn a turbine to provide DC power, which in turn could charge a battery or power another device. The end of this tubing would then be attached to a filter, resulting in clean water. In the long-term, we think this device could be used to provide both clean water and a renewable source of energy to those around the world without access to either.

Fundraising contributions will go toward the iterative process of research and development, working through multiple prototypes until we have a product that maximizes both energy production and efficiency.

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