Video of the Solar Water Boiler in Action!
All of the Kenya water problems mentioned previously can be ameliorated by producing and distributing solar water boilers. Ken has prototyped a solar water boiler that is very simple and inexpensive. It is comprised of a vacuum tube that acts like a Dewar (thermos) and a stainless steel collector to concentrate sunlight onto the vacuum tube. The vacuum tube is similar to the technology used in solar hot water heaters.
The solar water boiler produces a vigorous rolling boil under sunny conditions and gets water hot enough (200 degrees) to pasteurize (170 degrees) even on an overcast day. The solar water boiler can be fabricated for $40 a unit. It is simple to fabricate and can be constructed with local labor.
What is the impact of a single $40 solar water boiler for Africa?
1/ An individual can convert unsafe drinking water to safe drinking water with no additional funding. This sustainable solution will help shrink the burden of disease, eliminate needless human suffering and reduce the biological reservoir of disease.
2/ One solar water boiler eliminates the need to burn wood for cooking or sanitizing water. Food can be cooked in them. This enables people to save time and money by eliminating the need to use firewood for cooking, helping with rapid and willing adoption of the technology.
Furthermore, solar water boilers can improve the security situation for women who no longer have to risk getting raped collecting firewood. Substituting solar power for wood power can reduce and eventually eliminate deforestation.
Since three billion people burn 3.5 billion tons of wood a year for cooking each solar water boiler eliminates 1.16 tons of wood burning per year. Over a period of 30 years, each one will eliminate the burning of 35 tons of wood. That is the equivalent of over seven tenths of an acre of forest.
3/ One solar water boiler reduces carbon dioxide production by replacing wood burning for cooking with zero emission solar cooking. Each metric ton of wood burned generates approximately 1940.5463 kilograms of carbon dioxide. Therefore, each solar water boiler reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 67.9 tons over a 30-year period.
4/ ALVPF manufactures solar water boilers locally in country using local labor from young men and women who have “aged-out” of orphanages. ALVPF provides wages above the local sustainable wage level, helping to reduce poverty and support orphans.
Reverend Julius Otieno Nyambuoro, Chairman Christ’s Commission Fellowship Church, Kisumu Kenya is our key partner in Kisumu Kenya. He handles arrangements for transportation of raw materials from Kisumu airport to the manufacturing facility in Kisumu. He also recruits, trains, and manages local personnel. Currently, he supports his large family on $100 per month, which is a small amount even by Kenyan standards.
In 2013 Kenya experienced a series of floods from March to early June, which left 141,994 persons displaced and caused 96 deaths and 21 injuries. The flood also destroyed 13,895 acres of crops and killed a large number of livestock, which is threatening food security in the area. In addition, the flooding has severely degraded water safety by flooding latrines. The major causes of death around Lake Victoria are water borne diseases such as typhoid, amoebiasis, cholera, and dysentery. The under age five mortality rate in Kisumu is 220 per 1000 live births (22%). By making the Kenya water safe to drink and cook with, the solar water purifier can help reduce death and suffering in Kisumu and other locations around the globe.
Kenneth Puzey – Ken made serving God and helping his fellow man his top priority. Ken is a technology entrepreneur with 20 patents and is the founder of the Albert and Vivian Puzey Foundation and QuantaSpec Inc.
Ken has worked on research for new medical diagnostic systems that use infrared light to diagnose human thin film blood smears for infections including malaria. His business clients have included the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, US Army, US Air Force, Special Operations Command, Chemical Biological Defense, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Department of Homeland Security. He has experience cooperating with overseas clinics in Colombia South America and Burkina Faso Africa.
Ken holds a Master of Electrical Engineering degree from CU Boulder and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Reverend Julius has located a house to setup manufacturing in Kisumu. The house is one of the most secure houses in Kisumu with a stonewall and an iron gate. The house is located 800 meters from Kisumu’s Central Business District. This house has outbuildings for housing the manufacturing equipment, raw materials and finished products.