Puralytics sees strong demand for SolarBag
By Drew Dakessian, Sustainable Business Oregon intern
SolarBag given to a girl in Haiti as a part of an aid project.
A new product from Puralytics is making waves in the clean water industry: SolarBag, a water purification system that uses sunlight-activated nanotechnology to produce three liters of pure drinking water in three to six hours of exposure.
Puralytics is a developer of photochemical water purification products based in Beaverton. Its SolarBag is the first non-powered, non-chemical system ever to exceed the requirements by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Standard and Protocol for Water Purifiers.
Beginning last September, SolarBag has been available in boxes of 25 to government and aid organizations.
It became commercially available online in April.
“There’s been really good demand,” said Mark Owen, founder and CEO of Puralytics. “We’re still focused on our other products, but this has definitely been a pivot.”
The suggested retail price of SolarBag is $99.95, but it is available for as low as $75.82 on Amazon, where it has been a strong seller for camping and hiking water purifiers.
Weighing in at just four ounces, SolarBag is not just useful for camping, but also for international travel and emergencies, when access to potable water is essential.
“We definitely have a new focus on this because there’s been such tremendous interest,” Owen said. “In the short term, our revenue will be dominated by the SolarBag sales.”
After a year or so, Owen says he expects another Puralytics product to come into the limelight. The only other Puralytics product is the Shield 500, a purification system that treats up to 500 gallons of well, industrial and laboratory water using LEDs, advanced optics and nanotechnology.
“We are completing pilot tests of an ultra-pure water version of the Shield,” said Owen.
Eight full-time and six part-time employees comprise Puralytics, which is in the midst of raising its Series A investment. It is seeking a syndicate partner to complete the round.
Owen, meanwhile, was inducted into the Pivotal Leaders this year, joining a class of Pacific Northwest executives who have been singled out for their leadership in the cleantech industry.
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