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RH Students Show Off Solar Energy Water Purifier

Ten Rose students took part in the National Academy of Engineering's Grand Challenge, and after two months, finally demonstrated their new device. It's a water purification system that uses solar energy to heat collected water - and boil it in about four minutes. The goal is to help people in Kenya, and the students hope to team up with international aid organizations to help bring it there.
Solar power education took center stage at Rose-Hulman on Monday.

Ten Rose students took part in the National Academy of Engineering's Grand Challenge, and after two months, finally demonstrated their new device.

It's a water purification system that uses solar energy to heat collected water - and boil it in about four minutes.

The goal is to help people in Kenya, and the students hope to team up with international aid organizations to help bring it there.

"I really think that this has direct applications into Kenya. I can't guarantee that there will be units built, but if I could get at least one unit, I would be satisfied.I'd honestly like to go and construct one myself," said Rose-Hulman student Gunnar Horve.

The entire project was constructed with small, hand tools - and all for $150.

And the end result? Clean water that meets all EPA standards.
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