Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Coke's new Ekocenter: Delivering clean, safe drinking water with Dean Kamen

This is cool. The one thing that truly amazed me in Uganda was how developed the supply chains of companies like P&G, Coke and Pepsi were, even over 10 years ago. Even in the depths of the countryside of Uganda, you might not have proper refrigeration, but you could almost always buy a Coke. Coke is trying to take its approach to quenching the thirst of the world one step further in the developing world (Core77):

Segway inventor Kamen's Slingshot is amazing. Taking up as much space as a small refrigerator, the thing can run on cow poop and uses no filters, yet can turn any water source into potable water--cranking out up to 1,000 liters a day. And it can run for five years without even requiring any maintenance!

The Slingshot was more than a decade in the making, and with Coca-Cola's backing and global distribution network, is well-positioned to make a significant impact on global health through the EKOCENTER. And in addition to the Slingshot functionality, each container contains solar cells that can be used to power charging points or refrigeration for medicine. Following the South African launch, Coke plans to get the containers into 20 countries in need by 2015, getting safe drinking water into the mouths of millions.

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