Emerging Leaders in Solar Energy hosted a “Solar Powered Challenge” integrated with a course for first year engineers at Queen’s University. The Solar Powered Challenge encouraged the Queen’s students to use solar power to provide a struggling region in the world with assess to clean drinking water. A group competing in the Solar Powered Challenge was awarded the Mason Cup, a prestigious accolade given in recognition of a tremendous design process and solution in the course.
With over 750 contenders for the Mason Cup, the award is highly regarded. The Mason cup winners, Chris Little, Sadie Poste, Annabelle Corsi-Johnson, Ramiro Enriquez, Marnus Coetsee, rose to the challenge and created an portable filtration system that would be effective in the African country of Zimbabwe. The solution involved the use of three separate filtration devices along with a solar radiation tank that uses solar energy to disinfect the Zimbabwean water.
The Mason cup winners took the project beyond the initial expectations of the challenge. The innovative solution provided is a stepping stone in the right direction for solar power awareness and universal clean water accessibility