SOLAR-POWERED CLEAN WATER SYSTEMS

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The Ateneo Innovation Center (AIC) deployed more than 140 units of the Ateneo Clean Water System (ACWS) to remote and disaster-stricken areas in the Philippines.

The Ateneo Innovation Center (AIC) deployed more than 140 units of the Ateneo Clean Water System (ACWS) to remote and disaster-stricken areas in the Philippines. ACWS was an integration of technologies with the following components – rain catcher, mechanical filters and UV irradiation, solar panels, charge converters, LED lights, inverter, and car battery. The first prototype was bulky, expensive, and had less installation flexibility. It evolved to be portable and more affordable with more installation flexibility for customization. Collaboration with sponsors, partnership with communities and contribution of students provided the needed resources to continually improve the system and make it more efficient and effective in addressing diverse needs. The series of installations, faced with challenges, inspired ingenuity and passion to make further innovations.

Pre-deployment and post-deployment processes also evolved from an individualistic to a more collaborative approach. While the AIC is conducting studies to lower the cost of ACWS and make its power storage more durable, there is still more work to be done in making communities realize its value as prepositioned assets for disaster preparedness and community resilience.

Recent installations (as of January 2021): Post-Ulysses Deployment of 10 Ateneo Clean Water Systems in Flood-Affected Areas

RELATED WORKS

Cabacungan, P., Tangonan G., and Cabacungan, N. 2019. Ateneo Clean Water System: A Narrative of Technology Evolution, Challenges, and Innovations. Journal of Disaster Research. [Download Full Paper]

Cabacungan, P., Tangonan G., and Cabacungan, N. 2020. Water-Electricity-Light System: Technology Innovations. Journal of Disaster Research. [Download Full Paper]

Cabacungan, P., Tangonan G., and Cabacungan, N. 2020. University-Community Partnership for Water Technology Deployment and Co-innovation: A Decade of Engagement. Journal of Disaster Research. [Download Full Paper]

Tandoc, E. 2020. From Disaster Preparedness to Technology Driven Disaster Resilience: Installation of Clean Water System – Barangay San Andres, Cainta, Rizal. 🔗

MEDIA

How to Install the Ateneo Clean Water System

Solar-powered Clean Water Systems deployment in Valenzuela City
Ateneo Innovation Center’s Solar-powered Clean Water System, with the Foundation for the Development of Urban Poor, featured in ABS-CBN Bandila, April 2018

RESEARCH TEAM

DR. GREGORY L. TANGONAN

DR. FABIAN ANTONIO DAYRIT

ENGR. PAUL M. CABACUNGAN

ENGR. CARLOS M. OPPUS

DR. NATHANIEL LIBATIQUE

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