Shaun and Moira Craill, LoooP Creative Ltd.
AguaPallet is a rotationally molded pallet to transport water and other supplies for disaster relief.
AguaPallet is a hollow, rotationally moulded pallet for delivering humanitarian aid that can be transformed into a hand cart and mobile water container of up to 70 liters. Initially, the product acts strictly as a typical shipment pallet, with a primary intended use as a water container once its initial function is completed.
Looop Creative Ltd. intends to work with humanitarian agencies, including NGOs, national relief organizations, and international relief organizations to help distribute the AguaPallet when disaster occurs and the product is needed.
The target price is ~100 USD Interview with representative
As of 2020, AguaPallets is no longer in production, but open source construction plans are available on their website for free download.
There are many water transport devices in the market, but no existing product also acts as a shipping pallet for disaster relief.
Any individual/family attempting to recover from a natural disaster that has destroyed typical water infrastructure, or any individual/family that has to travel long distances to collect water.
The AguaPallet is designed for mass production and has been developed with batch production or continuous process production in mind. Interview with representative
Update in 2020 from manufacturer: The status of the AguaPallet Project has not materially altered. It is currently available to use license-free, for commercial use, on a Creative Commons Share and Share Alike license. While it is currently not in production, the design files are available for free download off the website.
Open source construction plans are available for download by the user
No products distributed to date. The product is a prototype and is currently undergoing design, manufacturing, and distribution planning/review.
The designers are relying on local technicians to provide support. Any bicycle technician should be able to fix an issue with the AguaPallet. Interview with representative
All components have been designed to be repaired. Unknown if local materials can be used for repairs or if user will have to contact manufacturer. The product also has modularity to varying wheel sizes depending on locally available parts.
One AguaPallet can supply enough water in a single trip for a family for a whole day. Users will also be able to carry other items while transporting the water since it is now contained in a cart. The AguaPallet can also be used to assist people with mobility issues.
The AguaPallet has been developed into five different prototypes, with the fourth prototype currently in design.Interview with representative
AP1 was a crude scale model given to individuals who had direct experience of the Christchurch earthquake in 2010 and 2011, and was made from cardboard to test handle concepts.
AP2 was built using off-the-shelf parts in Santiago, Chile using funding earned by winning UNICEF’s “First 72 Hours” prize, and answered questions on maneuverability, water distribution, and balance of the concept.
AP3 aimed to fix structural strength issues resulting from using purchased components, and initial user testing began. AP4 has been designed and tested. The latest version is AP5. It has been developed in 2017 and its drawings are already available open source online.
Looop Creative Ltd. has received advice and aid from the following organizations during the design process: Auckland University of Technology (AUT) School of Engineering, Titan Industries for handle fabrication, Rebecca Mills for entrepreneurial advice, The AKINA Foundation for Social Enterprise mentoring, Melrose Chairs for wheelchair wheels and fabrication advice, Masport Industries for handle components and design advice, Avanti for advice on wheel specifications, Rotational Plastics for technical assistance with rotational moulding and spin welding components, IDEO.org and Acumen for Human Centred Design training, Autodesk for CAD support and Motovated for Engineering support.
The AguaPallet is a water transport device, and does not filter or disinfect the water it carries. If the inside of the container becomes contaminated, it may be difficult to disinfect/clean.
The product could be combined with a water collection technology before being used for transport. A filter or disinfectant can be used with the AguaPallet to ensure potable drinking water.
The AguaPallet has been developed into five different prototypes. The first two prototypes were developed using laboratory testing and design. The third prototype incorporated user testing.
Winner of UNICEF’s Global Innovation Challenge – The First 72 Hours.
Informational video about the AguaPallet.
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