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DTU Student's Award-winning Device: A Leap Towards Clean Drinking Water Access

Viktor Ryle Tamstorf completed his undergraduate programme in Design and Innovation in the spring of 2023 and is currently in the master's programme in Design and Innovation. Photo: Magnus Møller.

In a world where almost 800 million people lack access to clean water, innovative solutions are more critical than ever. Viktor Ryle Tamstorf, an MSc Eng student at Denmark's Technical University (DTU), has risen to this challenge by introducing a pioneering rainwater purification unit.

The crux of the invention? A disinfection system that requires only chlorine, salt, and electricity to render rainwater potable. Powered by electrochlorification, this isn’t new tech but Viktor's application of it certainly is. The inspiration for this solution came after Viktor delved into a World Health Organization article on water contamination.

On 23 June 2023, Viktor's remarkable contribution bagged him the top spot at DTU’s Green Challenge conference for students, along with a 30,000 Danish kroner prize. While the accolade is indeed impressive, the larger objective for Viktor is to alleviate the drinking water crisis, especially in regions with scarce groundwater.

Participation in the Green Challenge not only afforded Viktor a platform to fine-tune his venture but also to gain invaluable insights from a diverse set of panelists. Grounded in the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, specifically SDG no. 6, the Green Challenge epitomizes the spirit of sustainable advancement. Viktor's endeavor exemplifies this commitment and promises a brighter future for global water access.

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