May 19-20, 2010
Mike Strizki, in conjunction with two colleagues - Brad Carlson and David Squires - has integrated water purification technology with PV solar electrical generation and hydrogen production-storage-regeneration technology to develop a prototype trailer-mounted unit they call "HYDRA."
Strizki configured the power system. Carlson and Squires configured the water purification system.
HYDRA is being demonstrated to the media, public officials, and other invited guests at Mike's "Solar-Hydrogen Residence" and renewable energy development workshop in Hopewell, NJ on May 19th and 20th, 2010.
Developed under the trade name "The Essential Element," the HYDRA is intended to demonstrate a self-contained, rapidly-deployable solution in situations where drinking water and electrical power are insufficient.
Delivery of both water and electricity is critical for disaster relief following calamitous events such as the Katrina floods and the Haiti earthquakes. The water filtration system of the HYDRA is capable of turning 20,000 gallons of polluted water into potable water daily, filtering out viruses as well as particulate matter and dissolved chemicals. This capability is also needed in many areas of the developing world where lack of adequate drinking water and power constitute a chronic crisis of disease and poverty. The World Health Organization ("WHO") estimates that over 1 billion people people do not have access to clean drinking water, and 5,000 people die each day as a result.