Spanish scientists and students have developed a biosynthetic water purification system that is powered by solar PV energy. Eurener has donated modules producing 60-80W to operate the system.
It has biological parts that replace previous electronic ones and is able to eliminate certain pathogens such as listeria and salmonella which creates gastrointestinal disorders, causing the deaths of thousands every year. The genetic modification of E. coli bacteria produces bacteriocins, which are specific proteins that destroy the pathogens and which do not affect good bacteria or humans.
The Black Panel that Eurener has donated to the team will facilitate the use of this system in areas of the world with limited access to electricity. The device will have sufficient autonomy to be installed anywhere and even be transported to different tanks and water sources within the same area helping more people.
The Valencia-iGEM team developed this water treatment system, working in cooperation with scientists and students from the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Catholic University of Valencia and the University of Valencia of various degrees (Biology, Marine Sciences, Biotechnology, Industrial Engineering and Chemistry Engineering) and coordinated by the Interdisciplinary Modelling Group of the UPV and the Energesis Chair of the UCV.