Water

Watly purifies up to 3 million liters of water per year and it works on solar energy too.

Watly generates the very same energy it needs to function, it does not require fuel or a connection to the electric grid.

Watly efficiently desalinates ocean water, eliminates all pathogens and microorganisms from previously polluted water, including: viruses, bacteria, parasites, fungi or cysts. It removes inorganic compounds as well as poisons: arsenic, benzene, heavy metals (such as lead), chlorine, chloramines, and radionuclides. It purifies water from any organic compounds and liquid contents of latrines. It does not need membranes or filter substitutions. It even purifies radioactive water.

The physical principle underlying this innovative system is called vapor compression distillation. It is by far the most effective and powerful method of water purification and desalination available.

How it’s Made

Watly is composed of 4 thermal solar power units, with each unit equipped with an "arch shaped" array of thermal solar vacuum tubes. Each power unit integrates an extendable telescopic wing that is closed during transportation, but that doubles the surface of the structure when fully opened. The main unit is called the Master, while the other three are called the Slaves. Inside the Master unit is the core of the purification process of Watly, the unique and patented distillation system. Its main competitive advantage is that it requires a limited amount of thermal energy in order to purify soiled water by effectively distilling it, no matter how polluted it is. Thanks to the minimization of heat losses and the recovery of the latent heat of condensation, Watly’s distillation method is 11 times more efficient than traditional distillation processes. Numerous 160 m2 of solar thermal vacuum tube panels provide the thermal energy that is needed to run the process of water distillation. Watly’s thermal panels are super-efficient and extremely resistant. Watly’s unique "arch shape" allows the thermal tubes to be optimally exposed to incident solar irradiation during the whole day. The solution emulates the advantages of a moving sun-tracker but is extremely simple and reliable in the long term.
The thermal power units are connected together through the Central unit. It is made from an aluminum structure and composite materials, such as carbon and alutex fiber. The cen-tral unit is composed of two interactive interfaces, each equipped with different works station, and a solar park on top of its roof. There are three user-friendly water dispensers, one multi-battery charger, one 3D printer, one solar cooler, one ultraviolet rays sterilization chamber, one landing pad for drones, two LCD touch screens (for end-user registration and communications), multiple webcams (6-10) and digital and facial recognition systems, plus different kinds of sensors (movement).

How it Works

Watly’s purification process is based on the physical principle of vapor compression distillation. It is by far the most effective and powerful method of water purification available. In terms of efficacy, it outperforms reverse osmosis, nano-filtration or ultraviolet purification methods. Watly water quality is outstanding, absolutely pure, low mineralized and with a perfect pH balance (6.8 - 7.2). Water quality remains constant over the +15 years of Watly’s lifespan.
Eight steps to purity. The process runs through the following steps.
Watly’s water output does not depend on the kind of water input. No matter how polluted the water is that is feeding Watly, the result is always the same: clean water. This is the main advantage compared to other purification/desalination methods such as reverse osmosis.
  • Watly does not use filters or membranes (which eliminates the need of substitution and risk of fouling and/or breakdowns).
  • Watly does not needs chemicals such as membrane cleaners, scale inhibitors, antiscalants, corrosion inhibitors, biocides, disinfectants, de-chlorinators and flocculants.
  • Watly does not waste water or reject untreated water back into the environment. (Watly efficacy is > 99.5%; versus standard methods which are = 30-70%)
  • Watly does not have a defined limit of water contamination capability processing (provided that we are talking about liquid substances, not mud or solid waste only)
  • Watly does not destabilize the molecular structure of water; it simply reformats it to its natural pure energetic status.

W-tank

If Watly provides people with clean drinking water, W-Tank allows them to carry and keep it safe. W-Tank is user friendly and easy to carry and use. It has been designed for those situa-tions where it is very difficult to preserve water’s biological integrity. Each person is gifted with a personal W-Tank since it reinforces the idea that water is not a commodity but a precious substance. In many parts of the world, water is often carried in tanks or jerrycans that are dirty, broken or even toxic. In this respect, even brand new standard tanks have a major drawback: they let water come into contact with external contamination. The entire mission of giving people clean water has no meaning if the water itself is contaminated the moment it is collected or carried away. W-Tank has the following unique features:
  • The water flows in and out of the tank through a valve-sealed system; under no circumstances will this system let the water get in touch with dirt, pollutants or any bacteria whatsoever.
  • Each W-Tank is equipped with a radio frequency system that is associated with a unique identification number.
Whenever the W-Tank is inserted into Watly’s water dispenser, we collect valuable data regarding its owner, its general use, its physical status, its lifetime and the quantity of water it has contained. We know that trips back home can be long and full of pitfalls; that’s why W-Tank is designed with an ergonomic handle and a shoulder belt. Moreover, since kids and women are, in general, those who go and fetch water, we have designed W-Tank to be light and slim with a five-liter capacity. It can be reused an indefinite number of times and the expected lifetime is +5 years. Watly automatically fills a W-Tank in 15 seconds by means of its unique water dispenser interface.

Electricity

Watly generates the very same energy it needs to function.

It does not need to be connected to an electric grid. Watly produces off-grid electricity to power its own internal electronics (computers, multiple-screens, 3D printers and different telecommunication devices), as well as external devices (portable computers, mobile phones, portable lamps, radios, televisions, household appliances).

The free electricity generated by Watly is made available to people via multiple battery chargers and electric plugs.

How it works

The Solar Roof

On top of the central unit is a solar roof with its array of 40 mono-crystalline photovoltaic panels. It has a nominal power of 10 kW and generates up to 70 kWh/day. Such an outstanding performance is obtained by maintaining the photovoltaic panels at optimal working temperature even under the hottest sunny days. Thanks to Watly’s pa-tented heat exchanger technology, the photovoltaic panels can work at their optimal nomi-nal operating cell temperature of 25ºC, even with outside temperatures of 50–90ºC. Work-ing at lower temperatures increases panel efficiency by 40–50%. Watly generates both AC/DC currents in full compliance with all applicable standards and regulations. The energy in the form of electricity is stored in a 140 kWh internal battery. The battery’s storage capacity has been intentionally oversized, enabling the battery to cy-cle at optimal conditions and last much longer. Watly’s internal electronics are protected in a special compartment located inside the mas-ter unit (the master is one of the four thermal units, also called slaves). The compartment has an innovative temperature controlling system based on Peltier-cells. Watly’s electrical components are among the top rated on the market in terms of reliability and performance. The class of protection adopted is IP 67 and it ensures total protection against dust and water.

Wlight

W-Light is a battery-powered portable LED light that gives light and power to people. W-light provides hours of bright and safe light as well as the possibility to recharge phones and other handheld devices. It has 40000 mAh—a 5 V internal battery that provides up to 400 hours of light and/or recharge for up to 12 smartphones. Watly simultaneously recharges up to 100 W-Light in 5 hours (by electrical induction). The Wlight The user with a dead device plugs it into Watly’s battery charger while exchanging it with a fully charged one. This process is automated and it is not possible to take any other device if not leaving another one in its own place.

Connectivity

Watly is a powerful communication device that can collect and send any kind of data to the Web.

Watly is a powerful communication device that can collect and send any kind of data (videos, images, audios, texts, ratios, etc.) to the Internet as well as to any other compatible communication device.

A single Watly is a standing alone machine, but two or more Watlys become a network where each node is auto-powered, self-sustained and multi-functional.

A growing number of Watlys deployed around the world will contribute to form the next big thing, the so called “Energynet” the global smart-grid in which water and electricity fuse together with information technology.

 

Human

Watly interacts with people through different interfaces and multi-utilities workstations. There are three user-friendly water dispensers, one multi-battery charger, one 3D printer, one solar cooler, one ultraviolet rays sterilization chamber, one landing pad for drones, two LCD touch screens (for end user registration and communications), multiple webcams (6-10), and digital and facial recognition systems, plus different kinds of sensors (movement). Every time the end user approaches the machine, the machine immediately recognizes him/her and attends to his/her basic needs. Watly collects and reports all types of Human-to-Machine interactions, as well as everything which happens in its proximity.

Machine

Each Watly communicates with the Central Network Management Platform, as well as with other Watlys via radio-link, existing networks (3G/4G), and/or satellite connections. Watly’s Central Network Management Platform can remotely communicate and monitor each unit of Watly in real time from anywhere. It is possible to run checks on the overall system, monitor per-formances, and change settings of water output (quantity, pH, mineralization level) through an internet connection. Watly runs on biNu's efficient data protocol which enables super-fast, data-lite access to the Internet. The system minimizes mobile network bandwidth and allows rich contents to be displayed quickly, even on slow 2G networks. In the event of system failure - for example, software errors or hardware issues - the controlling platform can remotely resolve the problem by rebooting the system or by switching to backup equipments. If the problem is not solvable remotely, the field technician in charge can perform the required maintenance in a few hours by communicating directly with the Watly Technical Center. Watly's internal electronics runs with REGIN’s programmable logic controller. It manages multiple internal devices such as temperature, pressure and humidity sensors; pump actuators, valves, solenoids, and counters. Watly is also equipped with external environmental sensors such as air pollu-tants detectors (CO, CO2, NO, NO2, O3, SO2, H2S, VOC); electromagnetic fields and radioactivity detectors, and weather monitoring systems (wind direction and speed, atmospheric pressure, height of clouds, temperature, humidity, and average precipitation). The general setting of the logic controller can be changed remotely based on specific needs. The system allows Watly to collect environmental data and to create reports regarding natural events, trends, and other formats of big-data that for the most part of the world are still not yet available, but nevertheless are extremely useful and very coveted.

Drones

Watly: the “drone-airport-network” in emerging countries. The concept of being connected to the world should not be limited to that of “connectivity”. Con-nectivity refers to the state of being connected to the internet and its virtual data. Connectivity is also extended to “accessibility” of physical objects such as books, tools, toys or medicines. This consideration is certainly sustaining the drone industry's recent growth. Drones are being deployed in the sectors of conservation, agriculture, energy, and emergency services. These applications all involve some degree of automation, whether it be following a pre-determined flight path or homing in on a mobile phone signal. Watly’s location is always identified by unique GPS coordinates; send-ing and landing a flying drone is something quite easy to do, especially in remote locations where streets have no names. In addition, since limited battery life is an obstacle that drone companies need to contend with in driving widespread adoption, Watly eliminates the need to pull a drone off of the job when it runs out of energy. Watly's landing pad is also a 100 W recharger dock. Using it to recharge a drone is as simple as landing on it, since it is compatible with "nearly all existing multi-copters and VTOL aircrafts. Built for outdoor use, the extremely weatherproof landing-pad acts as a remotely controlled charging station in a variety of drone applications from farming to surveillance and transportation of medicines and objects.

Technology

Smart and Friendly Technology

Watly represents a new paradigm in the relationship people have with technology. We had to completely rethink how water treatment systems and photovoltaic parks are engineered and constructed.

We are introducing Watly, the most advanced and beautifully designed solar machine available on the market.

 

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Life Span

Watly's operational lifespan is of +10 years, even in the harshest environmental working conditions. Watly’s lifespan can be extended beyond this limit with a complete check up and a thorough maintenance intervention (+15-20 years).
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Life Span

Watly's operational lifespan is of +10 years, even in the harshest environmental working conditions. Watly’s lifespan can be extended beyond this limit with a complete check up and a thorough maintenance intervention (+15-20 years).
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Low Footprint

Once installed, Watly generates electricity and provides clean water with a zero carbon footprint. During its 15 years of service, one Watly can reduce as much as 1000 tons of greenhouse gas emis-sions (CO2), which is equivalent to 2500 barrels of oil. Watly also aims to reduce as much as possible the carbon footprint “during” the production phase of its devices. Watly is applying for life cycle inventory and impact assessment and plans to recycle up to 82.7% of its components.
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Low Footprint

Once installed, Watly generates electricity and provides clean water with a zero carbon footprint. During its 15 years of service, one Watly can reduce as much as 1000 tons of greenhouse gas emis-sions (CO2), which is equivalent to 2500 barrels of oil. Watly also aims to reduce as much as possible the carbon footprint “during” the production phase of its devices. Watly is applying for life cycle inventory and impact assessment and plans to recycle up to 82.7% of its components.
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Maintenance

Anyone with basic technical knowledge and minimum skills can manage Watly. It has been designed to be fully autonomous and to require a minimum level of ordinary maintenance. In any case, should some intervention be needed, end users are always provided with a detailed but intuitive and friendly maintenance manual. Watly has local partners in each country to perform those technical interventions that do require specific training in possible failures, breakdowns, and ex-traordinary maintenance. By doing so, Watly also creates jobs locally.
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Maintenance

Anyone with basic technical knowledge and minimum skills can manage Watly. It has been designed to be fully autonomous and to require a minimum level of ordinary maintenance. In any case, should some intervention be needed, end users are always provided with a detailed but intuitive and friendly maintenance manual. Watly has local partners in each country to perform those technical interventions that do require specific training in possible failures, breakdowns, and ex-traordinary maintenance. By doing so, Watly also creates jobs locally.

Transport

Watly is made of pre-built macro components. All of the components are factory built and tested. A complete and fully operational Watly equipped with 2000 water tanks and 1000 battery power LED lights can be delivered to any location of the world by deploying four 40” high cube containers (12,032mm X 2.350 mm X 2,700 mm), each transportable by standard trucks.

Assembly

All Watly’s macro-components fit together automatically and only between four to eight working days are needed from receiving the components to having the machine fully operational. Watly needs to be placed upon a 40 x 20 m2 flat and solid surface without obstacles nearby that may cast shadows.

Specs

  • 4 thermal power engines in the configuration 1 Master & 3 Slaves
  • Total thermal power 30 kW
  • Dimensions of each power engine: 11mX2.2mX2.4m, Weight 2000 Kg
  • All the components used in Watly’s water purification system are certified according to NSF/ANSI 61-2010a and 62-2009 standards
  • Watly® removes: Bacteria, Virus, Desalination, Fungi, Parasites, Cysts >99.999999 (log 8)* Chemical reduction of chemical residues, pesticides, arsenic, benzene, alcohol, endocrine disrupting compounds, medical, residues and heavy metals, liquid contents of a latrine. *At sea level
  • Solar roof installation of 10 kWp nominal power
  • 40 mono-crystalline silicon solar panels
  • Electricity output up to 70 kWh/day
  • Central Unit 13mX12.5mX2.4m, Weight 2000 Kg
VPN (allows remote management) with 3 possible types of connections:
  • • 4G (LTE, LTE advanced, WiMAX, HSPA+): up to 1Gbps downstream
  • • Satellite Connection: up to 50Mbps downstream
  • • Radio Link Connection: Distance of up to 100km and up to 1.2 Gbps downstream
Compatible with biNu super-fast, data-lite access to the Internet via a cloud-based virtual smartphone server connecting to a lightweight mobile app Wifi access point:

802.11 b/g/n 300+300Mbps LAN: 10/100/1000 x 1

Wifi access area up to a radius of 500 m
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Certificates

CE mark UL mark Watly has successfully passed Philips Innovation Risk Assessment Inlet and outlet water analysis have conducted by accredited laboratories Watly’s team is collaborating with TuV Rheinland to apply for a quality certification by TUV Watly Factory is ISO 9001 and 14001 Certified
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Certificates

CE mark UL mark Watly has successfully passed Philips Innovation Risk Assessment Inlet and outlet water analysis have conducted by accredited laboratories Watly’s team is collaborating with TuV Rheinland to apply for a quality certification by TUV Watly Factory is ISO 9001 and 14001 Certified
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Patents

EP 1873843 A3 granted: filled in the name of Watly’s CTO and co-founder, Stefano Buiani, related to the system for cooling photovoltaic panels operational temperature by means of a heat exchanger. 60822NL pending: related to an arch-shaped device for purifying soiled water, based on vapor distillation by means of a combination of solar thermal panels and photovoltaic panels. Watly’s R&D department is applying for a patent relative to a special tank that eliminates hydrocarbons, soaps and sol-vents by means of graphene based technologies. The tank does not require maintenance for +10 years operational lifespan. Watly’s R&D department is presenting a patent application relative to a vapor compression distillation unit with unprecedented level of efficiency and reliability.
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Patents

EP 1873843 A3 granted: filled in the name of Watly’s CTO and co-founder, Stefano Buiani, related to the system for cooling photovoltaic panels operational temperature by means of a heat exchanger. 60822NL pending: related to an arch-shaped device for purifying soiled water, based on vapor distillation by means of a combination of solar thermal panels and photovoltaic panels. Watly’s R&D department is applying for a patent relative to a special tank that eliminates hydrocarbons, soaps and sol-vents by means of graphene based technologies. The tank does not require maintenance for +10 years operational lifespan. Watly’s R&D department is presenting a patent application relative to a vapor compression distillation unit with unprecedented level of efficiency and reliability.
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Testing

First prototype has been tested since July 2013, providing consistent data regarding reliability, efficiency and efficacy of the system. Second prototype has been tested since March 2014, showing high levels of performance and no signs of mechanical failures or breakdowns. Both prototypes are still under testing in Watly’s facility in Talmassons (UD), Italy. Several rounds of water analysis have been conducted by independent laboratories
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Testing

First prototype has been tested since July 2013, providing consistent data regarding reliability, efficiency and efficacy of the system. Second prototype has been tested since March 2014, showing high levels of performance and no signs of mechanical failures or breakdowns. Both prototypes are still under testing in Watly’s facility in Talmassons (UD), Italy. Several rounds of water analysis have been conducted by independent laboratories