A couple of Boston College graduates and MassChallenge finalists are banking on a beetle to help solve the world’s clean water crisis.
A couple of Boston College graduates are banking on a beetle to help solve the world’s clean water crisis.The World Water Council estimates about 1.1 billion people lack access to safe drinking water worldwide. Deckard Sorensen and Miguel Galvez are hoping to help change that through their start-up company NBD Nanotechnologies.
They already won the $10,000 grand prize from the Boston College Venture Competition, which is going toward developing their prototype.
NBD’s design for a water collecting device is based on the Namib Desert Beetle, which manages to survive in one of the hottest, driest, and most uninhabitable places on the planet. The bug uses its back to extract its water supply from morning fogs. Wind pushes the moisture into the peaks of the beetle’s back until enough condensation builds up to form droplets of water.
Galvez credits Sorensen with coming up with an idea while taking a Biomimicry course.