Oct 27, 2006

New Zealander Develops Electricity-Free Purification System

Russell Kelly of Christchurch, New Zealand, has developed a water purification device that does not require electricity.

According to the New Zealand Herald, the inventor impressed NASA so much that Kelly has been allowed to use NASA’s iodine technology and Certified Space Foundation Brand. NASA expressed the belief that the device will have a significant impact on mankind.

Kelly created the filter systems four years ago. It was designed for use in remote areas with polluted water supplies.

The device is still in production, but it is already garnering attention. The Kenyan government is interested in the product for the nomadic Masai tribes. Global aid agencies are also planning to work with Kelly.

After living in Kashmir on the India/Pakistan border and traveling through Asia, Kelly realized that it is important to create a system that could operate without electricity.

The products Kelly has developed include a gravity-fed bag that filters 12 liters of water per hour and a bicycle-powered unit that can produce 6 to 8 liters per minute.

The largest unit Kelly developed can produce 5 liters of water per day for a population of 10,000.

Kelly told the New Zealand Herald that he is currently forming a charitable trust to help distribute the technology to aid agencies.