Solar Pedalflo Creates Potable Water
for Remote Areas
August 23, 2005 - renewableenergyaccess.com
Communities of people living in remote villages
around the globe often endure scarcity of safe water
for drinking and cooking, jeopardizing health and
hygiene. The SolarPedal, a water supply and treatment
unit, can reverse this by producing clean water from
a transportable solar-powered water pump that operates
continuously under varying light intensities.
Product Summary From Manufacturer
|The SolarPedalFlo has shown success in preventing
water borne diseases.
The solar panels produce 350 W of energy and can
be manually adjusted to catch maximum sunlight. This
gadget can lift up to 300 gallons per hour from a
depth of 40-45m that can be pumped through a filter,
and directed into an 85-gallon non-corrosive pressure
tank supplied with the SolarPedalflo.
The unit pumps more than 10,000
liters of water per day using the sun as its primary
power source. It has a back-up pedal power supply,
similar to a bicycle, for times when solar power is
An automatic chemical feeder is included
that disinfects the water through an automatic chlorinator
and filter and the clean water can be elevated to
a tank in the village, allowing storage for use on
overcast days or at night.
People can be trained in
the process, which has shown success in preventing
water borne diseases, of operation and maintenance,
share in the tasks of pedalling, cleaning the filter
and monitoring the system.
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