BlueBox 1200 RO/RORS
The BlueBox 1200 RO/RORS is a mobile water purification plant.
The BlueBox 1200 RO/RORS is a mobile water purification plant produced by MuchMoreWater. The BlueBox can be deployed in 7 minutes, has a daily capacity of 28,800 L, and can be deployed in freshwater sources up to 2500 PPM salinity.
The purification process does not use any chemicals. The plant uses purifying filters, reverse osmosis membranes and UV-light to remove >99% of organic content and chlorine, and 98.9% of salts and minerals, heavy metals, pesticides, and fluoride.
As of 2020, the product is distributed by 18 MuchMoreWater partners in more than 20 countries.
MuchMoreWater has distributed units to international relief organisations, NGOs and militaries. The manufacturer works closely with the WHO and UNICEF.
Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation
This product is manufactured by MuchMoreWater and is based in Denmark.
Patented, WIPO (PCT): WO2012136220A1, Denmark: DK2694445T3
The product can be obtained from any of the 18 MuchMoreWater partners in more than 20 countries.
List of the methods used for purification
Manufacturer-specified water treatment rate, measured in liters per hour
Laboratory-evaluated log scale removal rate of bacteria
Laboratory-evaluated log scale removal rate of viruses
Laboratory-evaluated log scale removal rate of protozoa
Reduction levels of heavy metals and/or arsenic through this treatment system
Manufacturer-specified maximum level of inlet turbidity (NTU)
Range or value of outlet turbidity levels (NTU)
Is there safe water storage integrated into this product?
What is the total number of liters that is recommended can be filtered?
List consumables of this product (power, filters, etc.)
Source water (borehole, lake, river, etc) is pumped through the system. Water passes through pre-filtration consisting of 100 micron, 25 micron, and 5 micron filters with activated carbon. Water then passes through 8 serial connected reverse osmosis filters in non-corrosive stainless steel housing. This removes most organic compounds, bacteria, viruses, and heavy metals. The reverse osmosis membranes are self-cleansing and unwanted particles are carried to an inner core before being discharged from the system. Finally, water passes through a UV-steriliser to destroy the DNA and RNA in bacteria and viruses before being discharged via the clean water outlet.
The whole process removes >99% of organic content and chlorine, and 98.9% of salts and minerals, heavy metals, pesticides, and fluoride. More details on product operation can be found here.
Dimensions (m): 1 x 1.2 x 0.8
Weight (kg): 225
Capacity: 1200 L/hr | 28,000 L/day at + 25 oC
Power: 1.5 kW, 110 v, 60 Hz 220/230 V, 50 Hz (standard)
Power source: Battery, power grid, or solar
Purifying filters and membranes: 100, 25, and 5 micron filters, activated carbon, reverse osmosis, UV-light
Packaging: Building into sturdy, weather resistant plastic box for easy transport
Pump type: Self-priming membrane pump, and can run dry
Replacement components include: Pre-filters, O-rings, UV lamps, UV glass, Reverse Osmosis membrane, and FDA approved hoses.
There is no defined life-cycle for the product. The pre-filters are recommended to be replaced every 6 months.
The manufacturer specifies >99% of organic content and chlorine, 98.9% removal of salts and minerals, and water production of 28,800 L/day.
Testing performed by the manufacturer determined that the whole process removes >99% of organic content and chlorine, and 98.9% of salts and minerals, heavy metals, pesticides, and fluoride, although third-party testing to confirm these results are unknown.
BlueBox equipment has been field-tested in more than 20 countries and is currently being used by NGOs, aid organisations, and military services globally including: UNICEF, WHO, DANIDA, Red Cross, FMV (Swedish Defence Materiel Administration), DEMA (Danish Emergency Management Agency), DSB (Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection), Swedish Armed Forces, Norwegian Armed Forces and British Army.
No known safety hazards are related to this product.
Yang, Z., et al., 2019, A review on reverse osmosis and nanofiltration membranes for water purification, Polymers, 11, pp. 1252.
Talaeipour, M., et al., 2017, An investigation of desalination by nanofiltration, reverse osmosis and integrated (hybrid NF/RO) membranes employed in brackish water treatment, Journal of Environmental Health Science and Engineering, 15(18).
The product is evaluated based on water purification (bacteria, virus, protozoa, and heavy metal reductions) and treatment rate.
The BlueBox 1200 RO/RORS has been deployed in major catastrophes over the last 15 years, including countries: Chad, Denmark, Vietnam, Nigeria, Norway, Brazil, Sweden, Indonesia, Haiti, Argentina, Iraq, Bangladesh, Iran, Pakistan, Sudan and Sierra Leone.
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