Roving Blue recently participated in the US Army’s Joint Warfighting Assessment in Hohenfels, Germany from April 30-May 10th. The purpose of these assessments are to field test emerging technologies and improve equipment in the soldiers’ hands, year over year, thus ensuring greater soldier survivability and efficiency in the field.
Amidst other technologies, Roving Blue was one of four water purification companies selected to participate in the exercises, which take two years of intense planning to execute. CEO Marianna “Yana” DeMyer and CFO James Gilmet attended the event to personally demonstrate the capabilities of the latest prototype water purification system, Roving Blue MVP-TK™ unit, an ozone-based small water purifier designed to both hydrate troops in mobile vehicles, while simultaneously providing a way to keep produced water pure via an ozone-circulation system called the Tank-Keeper™. This technology represents the latest advances in ozone generation in a tiny (under 25 lbs) system capable of producing the equivalent of a water bottle per minute (.5L) from freshwater surfaces.
During the field exercises the soldiers measured output and evaluated the unit on size, weight and power consumption. Roving Blue was by far the smallest, lightest and most efficient water system to participate.
For more information on the MVP-TK™ capabilities and other small water purifiers, please visit Roving Blue.
Roving Blue was demonstrated to members of the Thai Military yesterday at Fort Adisorn, a Thai military base in Saraburi, Thailand. They were not familiar with Ozone at all, but very much liked the taste aspect of the water. The MVP unit passed military bacterial water testing with flying colors.
Roving Blue, Inc. is currently participating in the Crimson Viper Field Experiments in Thailand. The Crimson Viper Field Experiment (CV) is conducted annually in Thailand by the Royal Thai Ministry of Defence (MOD) Defence Science and Technology Department (DSTD) and US Pacific Command Science and Technology Office (USPACOM J85). Crimson Viper is a technology experimentation venue that promotes S&T collaboration and is a means of obtaining operational feedback for technology development.
DSTD coordinates with Royal Thai Armed Forces science and technology (S&T) service organizations to co-host CV on a rotational basis. This year, the Royal Thai Army (RTA) Research and Development Office (ARDO) will co-host the event with DSTD with assistance from the RTA Fort Adisorn Cavalry Center.
The NAVAIR Technology Experimentation Center (TEC) will coordinate the overall event in support of PACOM J85 while supporting individual technology experiments.
CV16 will consist of field experiments and a visitor/DV day at the Royal Thai Army, Cavalry Center, Fort Adisorn.
The water purification technology experimentation conducted during CV16 will be in direct support of the Integrated Water Purification System (IWPS) project objectives. The purpose of technology experimentation in Crimson Viper 2016 (CV16) is to experiment with leading edge technologies and proposed Concepts of Operation (CONOP) in relevant operational conditions to gather operational feedback. Additionally, CV16 will provide engagement opportunities with Royal Thai Army (RTA) partners.
Crimson Viper is executed under the ambit of the Thai-American Consultations (TAC) Joint Statement. Crimson Viper was discussed during TAC XVI on 9-11 April 2014 under Working Group IV for “Relationship Building, Coordination and Collaboration at All Levels” under subgroup IV.2 for Science and Technology.
Crimson Viper objectives are to experiment with candidate technologies in a field environment to:
• Support collaboration and promote interoperability between Royal Thai Armed Forces and USPACOM via S&T partnership with DSTD
• Assess candidate technologies and provide assessment feedback to the science and technology community
• Confirm technology maturity prior to introducing to warfighters
• Provide candidate technologies for longer term assessment
This week Roving Blue is back in Ft. Benning, GA to kick off another round of US Army #AEWE experiments. In this photo CFO Jim Gilmet demonstrates to onlookers that size really DOES matter. Especially when you are manually transporting your water resources.
Which would YOU rather carry? The Water Buffalo (pictured) or Roving Blue?
Size matters. And we are less than 25 lbs soaking wet. Wonder what a Water Buffalo weighs…
EXFOR Soldiers begin set up of the Roving Blue Small Water Purifier at AEWE.
EXFOR Soldiers conduct a non-networked assessment with the Roving Blue Small Water Purifier (Roving Blue, Inc.) and the Weatherproof WASP (Federal Resources) during AEWE 2016 at Fort Benning, GA. The Roving Blue Small Water Purifier offers a five-stage water purification process which includes dual debris screens, sediment filter, activated carbon + silver filters, and ozone generator for sanitation- producing up to 1 liter per minute of drinkable water from surface freshwater sources. The Weatherproof WASP is an expeditionary power solution that offers solar power recharging capability for multiple types of batteries including the BA2590 and conformal battery.
An EXFOR Soldier examines the purified water produced by the Roving Blue Small Water Purifier.
Water produced by the Roving Blue Small Water Purifier from surface water.
A Water Treatment Specialist (92W) tests water samples during the Roving Blue Small Water Purifier’s non-networked assessment as part of AEWE 2016 at Fort Benning, GA.
Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Angie DePuydt, Maneuver Battle Lab
Words cannot express how very proud I am of these two innovators for taking an incredible risk in pursuing a much needed solution to the global clean water crisis with the development of Roving Blue. Their perseverance and accomplishments along the way, especially with the military, are nothing short of inspiring. It’s an honor to work with you and help bring a product to market that can change the world one gallon at a time, Yana DeMyer and Jim Gilmet.