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We’ve covered plenty of water purification systems. But in a world where one billion people don’t have access to clean drinking water, we can always use new ones. Enter the HYDRA, a solar-powered hydrogen fuel cell system that can reportedly generate 20,000 gallons of pure water a day, effectively store electricity and even make medical-grade oxygen. The company behind the product claims that HYDRA is the first of its kind.

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Unlike mobile water purification systems that rely on low-efficiency solar panels and dirty diesel fuel, the HYDRA can store clean energy for long periods of time–all without toxic fumes and the risk of water and soil contamination. Perhaps best of all, the HYDRA can easily be delivered to the locations that need it the most. The device can be dropped by parachute, flown by helicopter, or shipped on the back of a truck.

No word on pricing or when HYDRA will be released, but we’re hoping that it is relatively affordable–otherwise, it can’t ever that be useful to disaster-stricken locales.

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  1. pbthumar November 13, 2013 at 10:21 am

    good idea

  2. Aamer Anwar November 9, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Kindly send me all specifications and components of this unit . Also when it can purify 20,000 Gallons of sea water per day , what is the amount of electricity is produced and is this current is single or three phases . Is this current continuous all over the day or for some hours only .

  3. killercatfish May 21, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Couldnt this also be used on the moon, if there is so much water, to produce clean oxygen?

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