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Nippon Basic, a start-up based in Japan, has plans to scale up production of a bicycle that purifies water for those living in remote villages or disaster areas. Cycloclean functions just like any other bicycle, except that the addition of a water filtering system allows bikers to crank out drinking water using the same pedaling motion that propels bikers forward. The rotation of the bike chain helps to remove impurities by driving a motor that pumps water through a system of filters, pumps and hoses located near the rear wheel.
But just how much drinking water are we talking about here? The company touts on their website that during the course of a 10 hour biking trip, the technology will generate about three tons of clean water, enough to quench the thirst of 1,500 people. The modified bicycle also features puncture-proof tires and the capacity to suck up water at a depth of five meters.
The bikes have already been deployed by the maker, Nippon Basic, from Kawasaki, outside Tokyo. They cost ¥550,000 each. That’s around $6,650. As you can see, they’re not going to be selling to residents, but the company has shifted 200 of them in five years. The bikes themselves are made to last, with non-puncture tires and redundancies so that you can still use the bike for transportation or pumping when the filters have expired, for example, and one great use for this sturdy beast is on the ground at disaster sites.
I agree, $6500 sounds pretty steep for what looks like a $100 bicycle and maybe $200 worth of gear.
Originally posted by speculativeoptimist
As far as costs, the system only comes with the specuialized bicycle at a whopping $6500.00
Surely they will start offering the system by itself, to add to existing bikes, otherwise I'm calling ripoff!
Originally developed in 2005, the company has since sold 200 bikes to countries like for the Japanese equivalent of 6,600 dollars per unit.
the bikes can actually be a form of revenue for businesses that sell water and create new opportunities for the millions of rickshaw drivers in Bangladesh who stand to lose their jobs as the economy grows.
Originally posted by ANNED
I can build a combination solar and Reverse osmosis system for under $500 that will do about 100 gallon a day.
I have been working on my system for RV use where i can take untreated steam water and fill RV tanks with clean fresh water.
without any pedaling.
Oh three tons of water is only 719 gals.edit on 25-2-2011 by ANNED because: (no reason given)edit on 25-2-2011 by ANNED because: (no reason given)