News | July 5, 2012

Puralytics' New Solarbag Technology Uses Sunlight To Deliver Sustainable Fresh Water To Retail Customers

SolarBag destroys pathogens and contaminants, providing safe, affordable fresh water

Puralytics recently launched the retail version of the SolarBag, a water purification system that uses sunlight-activated nanotechnology to produce safe and sustainable fresh water. The 3-liter SolarBag is the first non-powered, non-chemical system to ever exceed the requirements by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Standard and Protocol for Water Purifiers. The portable product has applications for a wide range of situations including camping, backpacking, boating, international travel and emergency preparedness.

“We are thrilled with the initial success of the SolarBag on Amazon and The Sportsman’s Guide,” said Mark Owen, founder and CEO of Puralytics, a developer of photochemical water purification products using light-activated nanotechnology. “By choosing our product, consumers are validating the demand for a sustainable, effective approach to water purification. Using the power of sunlight, the SolarBag eliminates the need for battery power, chemicals, pumping, cleaning filters or membranes.”

The SolarBag exceeds EPA standards, which require that water purification methods destroy 99.9999% of bacteria, 99.99% of viruses and 99.9% of protozoa. The SolarBag also treats other contaminants not addressed by existing technologies on the market, such as pesticides, petrochemicals, heavy metals and pharmaceuticals.

“The versatility and performance of the SolarBag makes it the best water purifier on the market for remote and emergency applications,” said Owen. “It’s light, simple to use, easily transportable and reliable. This technology demonstrates our commitment to delivering innovative, sustainable solutions to provide safe water, anywhere.”

Drawing significant interest from both government and non-government organizations, the SolarBag is also being used in many developing countries to help address the critical issue of access to safe water.

“Access to clean, potable water – especially in the developing world – is a pressing issue we all face,” added Owen. “With supplies of fresh water diminishing every day – creating serious health problems and economic challenges – we must continue to innovate and find the right solutions to address this growing problem.”

The SolarBag is currently shipping to 30 countries and has gone through approval processes from several foreign governments approving it for daily household use. It’s BPA free and can be used hundreds of times to provide 3 liters of pure drinking water in 3 to 6 hours of exposure on a clear or cloudy day.

Puralytics currently has one other product on the market. Puralytics’ Shield 500 is a purification system which treats well water, industrial and laboratory water using LEDs, advanced optics and nanotechnology, treating up to 500 gallons of water per day.

The ability to remove all types of contaminants – including pathogens, chemicals and heavy metals – from fresh water has earned Puralytics recognition as a pioneer in the water purification industry. Puralytics’ patent-pending, light-activated nanotechnology water purifiers have won numerous awards over the last year, including National Grand Prize at the Cleantech Open, Global Water Intelligence “Best Investment,” Zino Green Fund “Best Cleantech Investment,” finalist for the ImagineH2O Water Energy Nexus Award and TechCrunch. Puralytics was also named a Top 50 Water Technology Company by The Artemis Project and to the Global Cleantech 100, a list of the top 100 private companies in clean technology as evaluated by the Cleantech Group LLC. 

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About Puralytics
Puralytics, a water purification equipment company headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, has developed a patent pending photochemical water purification process using only light energy to activate an advanced nanotechnology photocatalyst.  Water is purified through five simultaneous photochemical reactions, breaking down organic compounds (such as petrochemicals and pharmaceuticals), reducing and removing heavy metals (like arsenic, lead, and mercury), and sterilizing bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens.  There are no chemical additives and 100% of the water is purified.  Puralytics Shield and SolarBag products set new standards for sustainability, ease of use and cost effectiveness.

SOURCE: Puralytics