The fact that 780 million people around the world, including many in Malaysia, lack access to clean drinking water inspired Ganesh Muren to create a device that has the potential to vastly improve and save lives.
The engineering student at INTI International College Subang devised a portable solar powered water filtration unit that is capable of providing up to 20,000 liters of clean water at a cost of only 0.025 cents per liter. The unit employs a physical filter and UV light to provide water that is safe for consumption.
“The scarce availability of clean drinking water affects a country in many ways. It damages social and economic development, and could keep the deprived sick, impoverished, uneducated and oppressed. The problem becomes self-perpetuating if we don’t solve it at a smaller and manageable scale,” said Ganesh, who came up with the solution as part of his final year engineering project.
Drawing upon his deep interest in renewable energy and having studied the living conditions of rural folks in Malaysia, Ganesh designed his prototype to be simple to operate, affordable and equipped with safety features as the maintenance of the system would be in the hands of the users. His invention has caught the attention of fellow innovators. Ganesh recently qualified for the finals of the inaugural Global Impact Competition in Malaysia, organized by Project Renaissance – an initiative by education company Mindvalley to put Kuala Lumpur on the map as one of the top 10 places in the world to launch a startup – in partnership with Singularity University, an institution that educates, inspires and empowers leaders to apply exponential technologies to address humanity’s challenges.
As a finalist, Ganesh has a chance to win a RM 97,000 sponsorship to represent Malaysia at Singularity University in Silicon Valley, where the winner will attend the graduate studies program from June-August 2014 at the NASA Research Park, and be guided by a faculty of robotics experts, nanotechnologists, biotechnologists, neuroscientists, entrepreneurs, environmental engineers and more.
Ganesh exemplifies the self-directed, motivated and independent learners that are nurtured at INTI via an education that empowers them with cutting edge knowledge and abilities.