Solutions to quickly provide clean potable water in rescue operations/relief work in natural calamities fetch the attention of the jury
PUNE: While the scientific community in the world would celebrate the birth anniversary of noted American inventor – entrepreneur Thomas Alva Edison tomorrow (February 11th) the city of Pune also has a reason to cheer for as Rahul Pathak the innovator – entrepreneur from Pune has made it to finals of USA’s prestigious Edison Awards.
Aqua Plus Water Purifiers founded by Rahul Pathak has bagged a place in the final list of shortlisted innovators in the industrial technology category for its innovative solutions of making clean potable water quickly available at affordable prices in disaster management during the emergencies like floods, earthquakes, etc.
The solutions developed by Pathak’s Aqua Plus are being utilized by organizations like Red Cross, Unicef Oxfam GB, RedR India, The Red +, IFRC, ICRC, and Rotary International during the relief work.
The water filters developed by Aqua Plus were first successfully used in the rescue operations of the Jammu and Kashmir earthquake of 2005 reaching out to over 5,000 people. Installed in 1500 locations during the flash floods of Uttarakhand, Jammu, Kerala, Assam, and Chennai, one of its models processed 7,000 liters of water in 10 hours that proved potable in mountainous terrain.
These solutions of Aqua Plus Disaster Management have proved useful in over 50 emergencies nationally and internationally. The equipment used here can operate without electricity as well. There are options of getting it operated by human hands, gasoline, and electricity.
The decade-old Edison Award instituted in the name of the legendary scientist is an annual competition honoring global excellence in new product and service development, marketing, human-centered design, and innovation. Their vision is guided by the legacy of Thomas Alva Edison, the discoverer of electricity and inventor of the light bulb and the motion camera, and the founder of General Electricals, among other unprecedented innovations. The award ceremony will be held between April 20 to 22 at Fort Myers, Florida and at that time we shall come to know the rank that Aqua Plus bags in the competition.
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