A SOLAR water disinfection system has proved a hit for a group of student engineers at Bathurst.
The students received an award for their system when they exhibited it at the recent World Engineering Convention 2019 in Melbourne.
Student engineers Marcus Dege, Zac Stanford, James Griffiths and Ethan Hastings, known as Team Sloth, were given the Engineers Without Borders (EWB) People's Choice Award for their SODIS System, which aims to provide a safe and reliable source of drinking water for use in Timor L'Este and elsewhere.
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"We were really excited to represent Charles Sturt University Engineering at this year's World Engineering Convention and are very proud to have attained the People's Choice Award which was chosen by the delegates at the convention," Mr Hastings said.
"Key features of our modular design are that the SODIS System isn't reliant on mains electricity, can be adjusted to the direction of the sun, and can be used in remote areas and those affected by natural disasters.
"We would like to acknowledge that we could not have done so without the help of the Charles Sturt University Engineering program to get us and our large prototype to the event."
Mr Hastings said the event was "quite full on", but it was very rewarding to create connections with such a diverse group of delegates.
"Through discussing our design, we saw a largely positive response from most if not all of these delegates," Mr Hastings said.
"Though we were faced with many challenging questions, we were able to answer all of them successfully due to our preparation for the event and our individual investments in the design."