Watly - the first thermodynamic computer

Solar supercomputers: smart infrastructures, scalable hubs providing clean water, electricity off-the-grid, internet, and many more service.

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Organization name

Watly

Year founded

2013

Initiative stage

  • Start-Up (a pilot that has just started operating)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $500k - $1m

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • More than 100,000

Organization type

  • For-profit

Secondary Focus Area

  • Rural development

Headquarters location: Country

  • Italy

Headquarters location: City

Udine, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Bari, Puglia, Italy
Barcellona, Spain

Location(s) of impact

Country 1: Abenta, Accra, Ghana

Website

http://www.watly.co

Facebook URL

https://www.facebook.com/BeWatly/

Twitter URL

https://twitter.com/bewatly

Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

Everyday thousands of people die because of contaminated water and don't have electricity. We build the first thermodynamics computers, solar powered hubs capable of purifying any polluted water, generating electricity off-the-grid and allowing internet connection. It is a revolution in infrastructures for developing countries, offering several services in health care, manifacturing, education.. once interconnected many units form the energy_net

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

Watly is designed to be a new kind of infrastructure for developing countries, remote areas and any institution in need of integrating several services in 1, to save money, time and space. Each Watly unit is modular, scalable and versatile and can be installed in less than 1 week and it will save millions of lives since it is capable of providing services for up to 5000 people everyday. When they are interconnected our machines form a smart grid called the Energy_net, where energy and other physical resources merge with I.T and are managed through A.I, Big Data and machine learning strategies. We follow an Open Source approach thus one implementation anywhere in the world innovate the whole system.Watly is a Business Unit that provides services to people. 1 unit can be repaid in less than 1 year, starting to generate direct income for the rest of its life, while saving 1000s of lives.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

We have 1 small scale machine (Watly 2.0) in Abenta village in Ghana. Since 2015 it supplied water & power for more than 500k people. We're are currently working with Ghana government and a french bank to set some units in Accra the capital. We are also planning to install in Senegal, Cameroon, Georgia and other countries for big scale installations. We're working on 1 big unit in a refugees camp in Georgia and more small scale installations in South America. A full scale (40 mts) Watly 3.0 and 4.0 could serve 1 million people every year, providing (beyond water, power and wi-fi) also health care assistance and monitoring, telemedicine service, drones' system delivery and recollection, weather forecast, 3d printing, etc.
People are healthier, upgraded, more educated, and connected with the rest of the world.

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

We have been granted with 1.400.000 € by the EU through the SME Instrument; 150k € by the European Pioneers sponsored by Fiware program; We have obtained a 50k € loan by the ENISA (governmental agency) and a 100k € bridge funding by Sabadell bank, both fully repaid. 1 unit of Watly can generate million € of revenues (+1.000.000 €/year). We expect to sell 70 units before 2021 with an income estimation of 90 millions €.

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

No filters in water purifier_no maintenance_heat-waste recycle_arch shaped instead of sun-tracker.

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

Serial entrepreneur Marco Attisani was living in Spain. One day sitting in front of the sea on a very sunny day, together with his trusty dog-friend Indy, he got a simple but enormous serendipity: on the edge of a technological singularity, on a planet mostly covered by water, constantly striken by so much power from our star that 40 minutes of sun rays hitting the Earth surface would account for 1 year of global energy demand, how come that most of us are still lacking basic needs such as clean water, electricity and internet? And then came the question: can we build a system capable of purifying water from any form of contamination using only the solar energy? The answer is yes. Can we make a smart network of these machines? Certainly.

Where did you hear about the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize?

  • Ashoka page or contact

Evaluation results

2 evaluations so far

1. Overall evaluation

5 - This idea rocked my world. It’s awesome! - 0%

4 - This idea seems really exciting. With a little more polishing, it’d be among my favorites. - 100%

3 - I think the idea is great, but it needs some work before it moves onto the next round. - 0%

2 - I liked it fine but preferred others. - 0%

1 - It didn’t make my heart beat faster. Needs significant revisions. - 0%

2. Innovation

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 50%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 0%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 50%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

3. Social and/or Environmental Impact

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 50%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 50%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

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4. Financial sustainability

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 100%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 100%

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Nothing stands out! I thought it was great. - 0%

5. Potential to Scale / Replicability

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 50%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 0%

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6. Organizational Leadership

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 50%

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7. Potential for Creating Shared Value

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 0%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 100%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

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