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How did this design improve life?:
1.1 billion people, in this world do not have clean drinking water. This solar pasteurisation unit, made with plastic packaging technology, pasteurises water, AIDS infected breast milk, cooks food, sterilizes surgical instruments. No water. No life. Thats improving life. The unit contains two litres or a whole 1.5 litres sodabottle. Both bottle and the substance inside get cleaned. The unit can be used without bottle, it is easy to transport and stack. A prototype has been tested in Tanzania with positive results.
Name of Designer(s):
Kent Laursen
Designers professional status:
Status of realization:
Not realized
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Year of production, realization or publishing:
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Used on continents:
Africa, Asia, Australia, South America
Short description of design:
No water means no life. AIDS infected breastmilk infects babies. You can't find wood where poor people live. This portable solar pasteurisation unit cleans infected water, breast milk, surgicalinstruments and cooks food without the use of wood. 1.1 billion people in this world could be helped if they have the unit. Unit price approximately 7 dollars.
Functionallity and use of design:
Let the sun shine through the front side of the unit. Wait until the arrow in the thermometer, (with an icon everybody understands) says it is ready. The first portion takes 1.5 hours to be ready. The second portion takes 30 minutes. The unit is easy to stack for air transport.
Drawbacks of life improvement:
You cannot use the unit without sunshine.
Research and need:
Research is done in Tanzania by a medical team. The prototypes have been tested and the water was found ok for drinking. The National Board of Health has been in Africa to check. M.d Anders Fjendbo, who is also a specialist in tropical deseases and infections, has been in front of the research.
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