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Nebulón seeks to obtain drinking water in La Guajira

8 June, 2018 - Autor: Recon Colombia

The Autonoma de Occidente University of Cali -UAO-, has joined RECON as an ally to support the Nebulón project in the development of a prototype that allows this system to obtain drinking water in areas such as La Guajira. The University bets on innovation projects and social entrepreneurship, will provide accompaniment and advice with knowledge, academic staff (teachers and students) and technology to achieve the development of the prototype.

Freddy Naranjo, dean of the Faculty of Engineering of the UAO said that Nebulon is a project of great importance for several regions of the country, where there are problems of water scarcity, and with great potential to be used in areas such as La Guajira. He stressed that it employs a simple technology that has already been implemented in other parts of the world with great results, the important thing is to achieve the design of a prototype which is easy to install, resistant, durable and affordable for communities to access it.

Jonny Umaña, creator of Nebulón, said that he held a first two-day meeting with the team from the Engineering Faculty of the UAO in Cali, where he presented the project, presented the progress and results obtained so far and they established the technical requirements and usability to arrive at the design of the final prototype.

Likewise, a work schedule was established for the design of the prototype, the performance of technical tests and water quality tests. The University has arranged a team of industrial engineers, teachers, students of the research seedbed and the Fab-Lab to support the development of this project.

Nebulón is a mist trap system, which captures fog and converts it into drinking water. Its creator’s bet is to use this same system to capture moisture and obtain drinking water in coastal areas, such as La Guajira or the Colombian Pacific coast, which provides a solution to the problem of access to drinking water that affects vulnerable communities in these areas of the country. A final prototype will be achieved in August and be launched.