Philippines to Produce Drinking water from Air and Sunlight Technology

Philippines to Produce Drinking water from Air and Sunlight
-R: ADB Energy Sector Group Chief Mr. Yongping Zhai, Green Heat Director Mr. Glenn Tong, ZMW Founder and CEO Mr. Cody Friesen, ZMW Head of Marketing and Communications Ms. Kaitlyn Fitzgerald, and ZMW Executive Vice President Mr. Robert Bartrop during the launch of the SOURCE Hydropanels at ADB headquarters in Manila, Philippines. Photo: Asian Development Bank

MANILA, PHILIPPINES, JUNE 21, 2018 -- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is collaborating with Zero Mass Water, Inc. (ZMW) and the Philippine National Electrification Administration (NEA) to improve access to quality drinking water in urban and remote areas of the Philippines through the use of a new technology that produces drinking water from sunlight and air.

SOURCE Hydropanels, developed by the US-based ZMW, is an off-grid, solar-powered technology which extracts water vapor from the air into a proprietary absorbent material. The water flows into a reservoir where it is mineralized with calcium and magnesium for health and taste benefits. Each hydropanel displaces up to 50,000 standard PET bottles, providing high quality drinking water and eliminating plastic pollution.

In 2017, ADB installed a SOURCE Hydropanel array at its headquarters in Manila to reduce usage of bottled water while showcasing the technology for possible implementation in different parts of the country. In cooperation with ZMW and with ADB support, NEA is deploying a total of 40 hydropanel units to eight island communities in the Philippines in the coming months.

"The deployment of climate-proof drinking water through the SOURCE Hydropanels will help address the water supply problems in rural and off-grid areas, especially in small islands in the Philippines which lack access to both reliable drinking water and electricity," said ADB Energy Sector Group Chief Mr. Yongping Zhai. "We hope that, through this pilot project, we can demonstrate the viability of this innovative technology."

"We are thrilled to partner with ADB and NEA to deploy SOURCE Hydropanels as an innovative solution to the many drinking water challenges in the Philippines," said ZMW Founder and CEO Mr. Cody Friesen. "The Philippines' fragmented geography adds extra barriers for reliance on traditional water infrastructure, yet makes it ideal for our technology providing families, communities, and businesses with drinking water resilience in the form of a sustainable drinking water supply."

ZMW aims to make safe, high-quality drinking water available to people in developing countries through the use of SOURCE Hydropanels. The company is partnering with its distributor, Green Heat, to deploy hydropanels across the Philippines.

ADB, based in Manila, is dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration. Established in 1966, it is owned by 67 members-- 48 from the region. In 2017, ADB operations totaled $32.2 billion, including $11.9 billion in cofinancing.

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Philippines' President Duterte approves US$5.6 billion military upgrade

Philippines' President Duterte approves US$5.6 billion military upgrade

President Rodrigo Duterte has approved a five-year plan to spend 300 billion pesos (US$15 billion) to modernise the outdated military, defence officials said on Wednesday (Jun 20).

A previous 15-year upgrade plan failed to take off in the mid-1990s, leaving the Philippines with outdated hardware, including warships from World War I and helicopters used by the United States in the Vietnam War.

"We have the go signal now to buy brand-new equipment, like fighters, drones, light tanks, radar, an additional frigate and a submarine to boost our defence capability," said a defence official, who declined to be named because he is not authorised to speak to media.

The previous administration of Benigno Aquino spent about US$1.7 billion on the military during its 2010-2016 term in office, mostly on secondhand ships and planes.

Duterte approved the US$5.6 billion modernisation plan at a meeting with top defence and military officials last month.

A senior general said Duterte had approved 33 modernisation projects, with a focus on domestic security and protecting the vast maritime borders of the archipelago nation.

"We're putting a premium on unmanned aerial vehicles, long-range patrol aircraft, offshore patrol ships and an electric-diesel submarine," he told Reuters.

The military is bent on preventing another Islamic State-inspired insurgency after rebels seized Marawi, the country's only Islamic city, for five months last year.

The Philippines also faces a challenge in South China Sea, a strategic waterway most of which is claimed by China, which has built military outposts there.

Besides the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam also have rival claims on the area, through which US$3 trillion worth of sea-borne goods pass every year.

Manila had planned to acquire four submarines after 2023, but the plan could be accelerated to boost the navy's regional capabilities, said Arsenio Andolong, a defence department spokesman.

"We want to get submarines as soon as possible," he said.

Duterte had set aside US$1 billion for new helicopters and light tanks, but no purchases have been made yet.

The Philippines has received donated military hardware from Australia, China, Japan, Russia and the United States, mostly to assist in disaster response and fighting militants and pirates.

(Reporting by Manuel Mogato; Editing by Martin Petty and Darren Schuettler)

Sources: Reuters/ and Channel News Asia 


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