By extracting drinking water from earth's air, company's solar-powered technology provides inexpensive, abundant volumes
SunToWater Technologies LLC, a company that is readying the launch of a water-generation appliance to address global water shortages, won first prize in Singularity University's 2015 Impact Challenge to "positively impact the severe drought situation in California by leveraging new and exponentially growing technologies to increase water supplies available in California."
SunToWater was declared the winner over scores of other applicants with its patented water generator that has been demonstrated to produce inexpensive, abundant volumes of potable drinking water from Earth's air, even in desert conditions.
Presented by Singularity University in collaboration with California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the challenge competition, hosted by Singularity University CEO Rob Nail and Newsom, took place in Mountain View, Calif., on Oct. 30, 2015.
This is the second prize awarded to SunToWater this year. In May, the technology won first place at the 2015 Silicon Valley Founder Showcase, which also was held in Mountain View.
Harnessing sunlight to condense and collect water from Earth's air, the proprietary technology can generate World Health Organization-standard potable water, agricultural water and ultrapure water safe for medical uses.
The company acquired and developed the hardware, software, intellectual property and core technology of extracting water from the Earth's air affordably. Using its patented technology, it has generated more than two years of water production in both normal and extreme conditions.
"Winning the Impact Challenge to address the growing number of drought conditions is another affirmation for our water-generation technology," said SunToWater co-founder and CEO Benjamin Blumenthal. "It's highly rewarding to see our concept capture the judges' imagination and support. We couldn't be more pleased to win a second top prize for our innovative approach to the persistent problem of insufficient water supply."
In taking first place in the Impact Challenge, SunToWater won $5,000, a place in the Entrepreneurs in Residence program at the SU Startup Lab at its campus at NASA Research Park and access to the SU Labs community.