Published on: Jan 01, 2019
On 28 September 2018 an earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. The earthquake triggered a tsunami that devastated large parts of the city of Palu and other places along the coast. The earthquake and the tsunami claimed over 3400 lives and made more than 220’000 people homeless.
In consultation with the Indonesian government, Swiss humanitarian aid sent an emergency team to treat drinking water and provide emergency shelters. The humanitarian aid experts had PBX-200 on board because the local power supply on Sulawesi had collapsed and fuel was very scarce. Thanks to the Plug and Power features, the PBX-200 were able to start operating quickly on site. The local partners in the catatrophic area were trained in chlorine production for water purification (WATA), the energy needed for chlorine production was supplied by the PBX-200. They also supplied electricity for laptops, mobile phones, computers, printers and the mobile water testing laboratory - all essential for successful disaster relief.
The use of PBX-200 for water purification was developed within a public-private partnership between Power-Blox and Swiss Humanitarian Aid, which is part of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. Launched in 2017, the cooperation shows how development experts and private actors can develop innovative technological solutions.
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