P18461: Solar Powered UV Water Purification


Project Summary Project Information

Water purification systems allow for the removal of unwanted constituents within a sample of water. Unwanted constituents include suspended particles, parasites, bacteria, algae, viruses, fungi, etc., which make water unsafe for human consumption. Water is validated for human consumption based on international and governmental standards, which define acceptable levels of contaminant concentrations. Conventional inexpensive water purification systems are generally either importable, fragile, non-robust, and/or non-sustainable.

The goals of this project are to leverage existing inexpensive water purification techniques to produce a cost-efficient, portable, and durable system that can produce purified water from standing surface water with variable contaminants. This purification system will be designed for use in impoverished regions with little to no modern, industrialized, infrastructure; therefore this system will be made to be easily operable, and will utilize solar power. The expected outcome of this project is a functional prototype with a study validating the purity of resulting water.

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Project Name
Solar Powered UV Water Purification System
Project Number
Start Term
FALL 2017
End Term
Faculty Guide
Chris Leibfried, cvlddm@rit.edu; Susan Farnand, spfpci@rit.edu
Primary Customer
Chris Leibfried; Susan Farnand
Sponsor (financial support)
Chris Leibfried

Team Members

Team Members Listed From Left to Right in Photo Above: Graham, Alex, Phil, Justin, Ryan, Erik, Aaron

Team Members Listed From Left to Right in Photo Above: Graham, Alex, Phil, Justin, Ryan, Erik, Aaron

Filtration and Purification Systems Design and Implementation
Member Major Team Role Design Role Contact
Erik Messier BME Team Lead UV Batch Purification Modeling and Validation ejm3149@rit.edu
Phil Sammon ME Communication Coordinator System Housings pxs9880@rit.edu
Aaron Spinney EE Purchasing Manager 1 Power Storage and Automation axs4074@rit.edu
Graham Ardner ME System Housings Casing Modeling and Design ga1686@rit.edu
Justin Morris EE Edge Documention (rotating) Power Storage and Automation jbm3372@rit.edu
Alex Kessler ME Digital Document Controller Pump System adk2653@rit.edu
Ryan Ortiz EE Purchasing Manager 2 Power Storage and Automation rao5242@rit.edu

Work Breakdown: By Phase


Planning & Execution

Team Values & Norms

Project Photos and Videos

Imagine RIT

Gate Reviews

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation (Verification & Validation)


We would like to acknowledge the guidance of Chris Leibfried, Susan Farnand, and Sarah Brownell