It is said that this is the first solar-powered computer that purifies water from any source of contamination (it even desalinizes ocean water!), generates electricity off-grid, and offers internet connectivity everywhere.
Watly is an innovative, patented distillation system that requires a limited amount of thermal energy to purify soiled water by effectively distilling it, no matter how polluted it is, according to developers. But the solar-powered Watly doesn't only provide drinking water, it also stores electricity and connects locals to the internet.
Structure-wise, Watly comprises of 4 thermal solar power units - the main one is called the Master and the other three are called Slaves. Each unit (integrates an extendable telescopic wing that is closed during transportation, but when it's fully opened, the surface of the strucutre doubles) has an "arch shaped" array of thermal solar vacuum tubes. According to Watly, its distillation method is 11 times more efficient than traditional distillation processes. The required thermal energy to run all the processes is provided by 160 m2 of efficient and resistant solar thermal vacuum tube panels.
Watly now launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, hoping to raise funds ($75,000 flexible goal) for the upgraded system called Watly 3.0 or, as they've put it, "the biggest solar powered computer in the world." It is 40 meters long and is said to generate 1,320 gallons of water for at least 15 years on a daily basis. Up to 3,000 people can connect to internet using Watly and the energy of the sun. To add a couple of numbers, one Watly is said to reduce as much as 2500 tons of greenhouse gas emissions (CO2) equivalent to 5000 barrels of oil!
Watly developers also created Lively, the process of providing people in-need with clean water and electricity by using their special app. Watly's philosophy is simple: people who can, pay for these social benefits for those people who cannot.