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[Note: some of this material is in the process of being updated.]

(For information on other projects, see the Intro and Summary presentations and the Public documents area on this website.)

The EcOasis Pod (Eco Nest) system is a scientifically-based, practical and innovative resource for building and rebuilding Communities. It provides water, power, health monitoring, bioprotection and information access. It empowers families and communities in need of development or recovery from disasters to stem the drastic and uncontrollable effects from global climate change and it provides easy-to-use tools, resources and learning for handling the unavoidable challenges of the near future, not only from global warming but from several other critical risks due to new diseases and new forms of conflict.

The EcOasis Pod is a very highly researched, tested, integrated, and validated package consisting of water purification, renewable energy, health monitoring and medical supplies, bioprotection, and information that can be delivered or built in stages. It is available today, expandable and changeable as new technologies and new risks emerge. It can directly benefit populations up to 20,000 occupying rural or environmentally damaged regions (up to 100's of square miles). It requires less than $75,000 per installation, and as low as $35,000 for the more basic installation.

The Nest (Pod) is Simple and Easy, Portable and Durable

For the cost of one mid-sized, mid-quality new automobile, a village or town and its surrounding region can have all of this:

  • Water purification > 10,000 gallons/day of pure water (up to 50K gal/day), even from severely polluted sources - this is already in use now in 20 locations in rural Mexico.
  • A 1kW - 10,000 kW engine for use as a mixed-mode power generator or propulsion/rotor/grinder/etc. This engine operates very cleanly on nearly any combustible fuel including biomass refuse. If it can burn, it is a fuel, and it burns many times more cleanly than any fossil fuel. This is fully demonstrable today.
  • A simple, no-expert-required, package of biosensors and chem sensors to tell people if there are certain dangerous chemicals or pathogens in their environment including food supplies. This exists today as well and can be readily adapted to different pathogens - e.coli, tularemia, salmonella, MRSA, TB, clostridium, hepatitis, influenza, and more.
  • A renewable supply of environmentally approved bioprotectant materials that provides long-lasting anti-microbial protection of surfaces from bacteria, viruses, mold, fungus. This is in use today and has passed many environmental inspection tests.
  • Wi-fi long-distance communications so that all the data from the sensors can automatically, no-expert-required, reach systems and people that should know in order to respond.
  • A complement of solar panels that can be used for generating power also, and these can be physically incorporated into a building structure, no-expert-required.
  • A complement of emergency medical aids for assisted breathing (ventilators) and for care of burn injuries, including easy-to-use ventilators for adults and children. These are in use throughout Canadian and US hospitals.
  • A suite of simple communication and education aids delivered through the long-distance Web for general-audience, multi-language, multi-culture understanding.
  • Computers and communication portal devices of different types for people coming to the Pod. Specifically, we hope and plan to use the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) system (solar-chargeable, or hand-crankable for power, the most element internet device designed on the planet) in a manner that will support both emergency and chronic poverty situations where the Pods are installed. Each of these devices will be specifically customized and aligned with websites that will serve cross-cultural exchanges and e-learning, a la Futures Gateway, and also assisted language translation.
  • Onsite setup and training and follow-up.
The entire system can be stationary or mobile, carried in a 3m x 2m x 3m trailer and pulled by a pickup truck, or airlifted by helicopter. The most fully-loaded emergency site version weighs in at less than 3 tons. It can be set up within a few hours by two people and maintenance can be performed by ordinary people after a very quick round of training. All of its features were designed in order to answer the problems that have beset many other systems for one or another of the needs - water, health, energy, communication, safety.

The EcOasis Project took over twenty years to design and bring together. Its parts are the results of the hard work by several organizations and many brilliant scientists, engineers, educators and business leaders. The EcOasis Project is ready to begin deployment into communities in Africa, Central and Latin America, and Asia.

The water system is in use already in more than 20 locations outside the USA. All the groundwork has been done. All the preliminaries have been done. Now we need your support to enable this to be implemented and deployed on a worldwide basis, one EcOasis Pod at a time.

EcOases can be providing all the above right now, this year (2008). There is no more time to delay. Think of this every time you take a drink of water.

If you believe in and support human rights, the right to clean water, the need to respond to glibal climate change, the right and need for open internet access and free education, the need to address epidemics and pandemics Before they start, then you should be openly supporting the EcOasis Project. We need your help - you and we all need these simple, practical solutions across the planet today.

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