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ROVING BLUE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETES PARTICIPATION IN US ARMY JOINT WARFIGHTING ASSESSMENTS

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.

Yana DeMyer instructs troops in MVP-M™ water purification operation during a field exercise at JWA.

ThomasNet.com Interviews Roving Blue CEO Yana DeMyer

ThomasNet.com is the leading product sourcing and supplier discovery platform for procurement professionals, engineers, plant & facility management personnel. They recently interviewed Roving Blue’s CEO, Marianna “Yana” DeMyer about her journey into manufacturing portable ozone-based water purification devices.

1)  What is the mission of Roving Blue?

Our mission is to establish and grow our position as a leading supplier of advanced ozone-based water purification components and systems.

2)  What exactly is the technology that you are using in your mobile purification units?

Our mobile water purification units use 3 technologies; the first two are well understood and accepted: ultra-filtration and carbon filtration, its our 3rd technology which gets all the attention.

It is our ozone generator.  Its different because of the way we make our ozone.  We make it out of the water, not the air. This eliminates a lot of equipment, (such as air pumps), and that means in applications where size and weight are considerations, our technology becomes the clear winner.

3)  Clearly, Roving Blue is bringing disruptive technology to water purification.  Why don’t more of the right people know who you are yet?

Companies don’t get much smaller than we are right now. We don’t have a big ad budget, and rely heavily on social media to get the word out. Up until now that is. It’s not by mistake that we picked Thomasnet.com as a key partner to move forward, to “get the word out”. I personally have used Thomasnet.com for years, sourcing products and components that I need. I just knew that once the engineers and other sourcing folks could find us globally, it would be a great factor in our success.

4)  What else do you want the world to know about Roving Blue?

What I want people to know about Roving Blue is not as important as what I want people to know about ozone. Ozone has a perception problem. Most people understand it as a kind of pollution, or that there is a hole in it high up in the atmosphere, but it is so much more than that.

Ozone is a form of oxygen, “O3” instead of “O2”, and is a completely natural gas. You know that clean fresh smell after a rainstorm? That is the smell of ozone gas, which is produced with lightning.

Ozone is amazing stuff!  When it is dissolved in water, it is far more powerful than chlorine at killing things.  Yet when its job is done, it reverts back to oxygen, usually within minutes.  So there are no chemical byproducts or residues. This makes ozone hands down the cleanest and GREENEST sanitation agent available today.

Ozone is also misunderstood by a lot of technical people in this world, because the only way they have ever seen ozone being produced has been by using air and sparks (just like lightning) and they are all sizable contraptions. We can make our generators so small that you can put it in your pocket, as we did with our “O-Pen” pocket water purifier.

Other than that, I want the world know that we are not so much here to sell our products, as we are willing to partner with anyone who has to fight water quality issues across the board. Whatever industry you are in: food & beverage, paper, dairy, agriculture, aquaculture, the list goes on and on.  Everyone who deals with water has to fight water quality issues, we want to be your portable solutions provider!

 

ROVING BLUE ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC ALLIANCE WITH NEPHROS TO INTRODUCE NEW CLASS OF PORTABLE WATER PURIFICATION SYSTEM

Lena, WI – November 14, 2016 – Roving Blue Inc., a Wisconsin manufacturer of advanced water purification systems, announces today that it has entered an exclusive license agreement with Nephros, Inc. (OTCQB: NEPH), a New Jersey developer of high performance liquid purification ultrafilters and hemodialfiltration systems. The license agreement covers the NanoBlue ultrafilter for use in Roving Blue’s advanced ozone-based water purification system.

Nephros, Inc., well known for its FDA 510(k) cleared ultrafilters used in hospitals to protect against water-borne pathogens, has granted Roving Blue an exclusive worldwide license for the NanoBlue filter for use in combination with Roving Blue’s MVP, an ozone-based, portable water purification system.

The MVP is housed in a small but rugged waterproof case, smaller and lighter than a single case of water. The system produces a water-bottle-a-minute of clean drinking water, and can support anywhere between 50-160 people per day, depending on the environment.

According to Nephros CEO Daron Evans “At 5 nanometers, the pore size of the NanoBlue ultrafilter can stop particles smaller than viruses from getting through the system. When combined with Roving Blue’s unique ozone based sanitation technology, the MVP is uniquely effective in the purification of water.”

“We like to say that other purification systems may make clean water, but we’re the only company whose machines make water that cleans”, Roving Blue CEO Marianna “Yana” DeMyer said, referring to the downstream capability of the output water. Purified, ozonized has the potential to do anything from providing drinking water to combat troops in biologically hostile environments to washing lettuce that may be tainted with e-coli or other dangerous organisms. Ozone in water combats foul smells and tastes, leaving a clean, fresh taste.

Citing UN Water statistics, Yana said that by the year 2025, half of the world’s population will be living in areas of severe water stress. This means all sources of fresh water, whether from captured rain water, lakes, rivers or streams, will be highly valued & needed for drinking water purposes.

About Roving Blue, Inc.:

Roving Blue manufactures the MVP which is a lightweight, portable water purification system that produces purified drinking water from fresh water sources such as ponds, streams and ditches. It also recently launched the O-Pen, which is an individual use purification device designed to purify any tap water anywhere in the world.  Both represent a significant advancement over microfiltration and UV systems due to their employment of dissolved ozone gas (more powerful than chlorine) for highly effective microbiological control.

 

Contact Information:

Meli Lussier, Director of Sales
Roving Blue, Inc.
meli@rovingblue.com
(843) 259-0010

Tap into Purity with the Power of Ozone!

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Roving Blue’s O-Pen® is Now Available!

Tap into Purity with the O-Pen®, which gives you the power of ozone to purify water in your pocket!  For travelers unsure of the tap water in their hotel rooms, cruise ships, or foreign restaurants, the O-Pen® gives you peace of mind.  Weighing less than 1.2 ounces (34 grams), the pen is secured in a black velvet bed, and comes enclosed in an elegant gift box with magnetic closure.  The brushed stainless steel finish resists finger print smudges for a rugged yet elegant look whether it is used in the office, board room, luxury liner or on a hiking trail.

Order here today!

Leaving our (Water) Mark on Saraburi, Thailand

Where in the World is 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.

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Crimson Viper Field Experiments 2016 & Roving Blue

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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

INTRODUCING THE ROVING BLUE O-Pen The Power to PURIFY WATER in Your Pocket!

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Now taking pre-orders for a limited supply of the Roving Blue O-Pen! The first 300 units will be a brushed Stainless Steel Pen in an attractive gift box.  Might even be a collector’s item one day!

Anticipated ship date is July 30.

See the O-Pen in Action Here:

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Travelers:  TSA approved to bring on board, the O-Pen will allows you to drink water from any tap worldwide, and ensures that you won’t get sick from microbes in the water.

Campers/Hikers: This is as lightweight as it comes! Say goodbye to hauling water around, and say hello to any river, lake or stream in the vicinity.

Preppers:  What are you waiting for? This is the FIRST thing that should go into your bug-out bag!

Drinking water is one of the first things that gets compromised when there is a disaster; floods, hurricanes, or earthquakes. Now you can have peace of mind right in the palm of your hand!

Featuring the SAME advanced technology in our Roving Blue Model MVP-A, dissolved ozone gas IS the cutting edge of water purification today!

Sturdy: Stainless Steel case ensures durability and long-life.

Fast-Acting: It will purify .5 L or 16 oz. of water in under one minute.

Ultra Portable: The O-Pen weighs only 1.2 oz. (30 g).

No Waste: Rechargeable battery with USB cable included. Purifies approximately 15 liters per charge (about 30 uses)

You CAN drink the water!

The O-Pen makes water safe by infusing it with tiny bubbles of ozone gas.

Approved by the FDA and the USDA for use in drinking water, ozone is more powerful than chlorine and is highly effective against bacteria, viruses, giardia, cryptosporidium, typhoid fever, coliform, dysentery, cholera, infectious jaundice, hepatitis, influenza virus, e-coli, enteric and many other dangerous microorganisms.

Ozone also removes unpleasant tastes and odors – you won’t be able to tell the difference between your glass of tap water and bottled water.

Product Information Sheet:

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Impact Design Entrepreneurs: Yana DeMeyer

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Marianna “Yana” DeMeyer was born and raised overseas.  As the daughter of a Foreign Service officer with the State Department, she traveled all over Asia, the Middle East, and the United States. This childhood experience molded her as an adaptable person with a global view of Earth’s attributes; both natural and geo-political.
She attended the University of Wisconsin, and then spent 13 years as a writer and producer for news, marketing, and production companies, before becoming an entrepreneur.  In 2012 she started Roving Blue, making advanced, lightweight, portable water purification systems.


You have quite an interesting background. Tell us about yourself and your new venture into clean water and creating an advanced portable water purification product, Roving Blue.

On day one, Roving Blue was a whirlwind of activity, and it hasn’t stopped. I like to tell people that in the businesses I had worked in before, I always felt like I was shoving a large rock up a hill.  With Roving Blue, I have had all I can do to chase that boulder bouncing down that hill, and stay on my feet!

When I started out, I had one vision: Roving Blue had to be portable, it had to really do its job well, it had to be the smallest and lightest machine that could still serve 40-100 people per day, and it had to do it with the energy equivalent of a light bulb.  I wanted it to be made in America. I wanted it to be the best. There is no room in this company for “good.”  It has to be great. I also wanted it to be as affordable as possible, yet still offer our dealers and distributors a great margin for profit.  I think our very first “Model A,” launched in late 2015, has done all that and more!

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Roving Blue is an affordable, portable water sanitation system.

What inspired your interest in water purification? Can you tell us about some of the design advances in this market and what we can expect to see in ten years?
Early in my career I produced hunting and fishing TV shows. I am a big water drinker, and in the days when bottled water didn’t even exist (can you imagine that?), I was always facing the problem of how the heck I could pack water into all these beautiful wild places. In many cases, we’re surrounded by water, so it was frustrating that I couldn’t just drink it.

Fast forward a couple of decades, and I’m staring at this small box with some hoses and wires coming out of it, on a conference table in front of me.  My business partner (and now my husband, Jim) and I were working on one of our commercial funding projects in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  It was my first introduction to the Sanitizing power of ozone. The unit was designed to be installed under sinks in dental clinics and in doctors’ offices, to be used to wash hands and clean instruments. The ideas started blowing off in my head. One of the very first questions I asked the president of the company was “Why aren’t you making a portable water purification system out of this?” He smiled and explained that it just wasn’t their market, but that I was welcome to take the idea and run with it. Well, that’s just what I did!

What were some of the challenges you faced while designing Roving Blue?  How did using Fusion 360 help you in your design process?
Probably my biggest challenge is my lack of formal science training in water chemistry and microbiology.  Even though I hold a degree in Science-Communications, it isn’t enough in many people’s eyes. I have had two wonderful grant applications be declined due to this perceived weakness. Luckily I have managed to surround myself with very talented and highly educated professionals that I can depend on for sound advice.  Autodesk Fusion 360 enables me to sketch out my ideas visually, and helps me to communicate with our engineers and vendors, so they can see what the heck I am talking about.

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DeMeyer and her team at Roving Blue use Fusion 360 as a way to visually communicate their designs.

What aspects of your background influence you most in your work today?
I am most influenced by my parents, who always encouraged me to work hard going after my dreams.  My mother, a highly educated Filipino, to this day says, “Persistence, persistence, persistence, is the key to success.” My father, a blue-eyed upstate New Yorker of Dutch-Irish descent, taught by example. He was the embodiment of a Diplomat, which is what he was.  He was incredibly polite, dignified, and focused on doing things right the first time.  Both parents had morals of steel, and the highest ethics. So that’s what makes me approach each day with a grinding work ethic, guided by that moral compass that they instilled in me.

What would you say is your strongest skill, and how have you honed that skill over the years?
I think my strongest skill right now is my ability to clearly communicate new ideas. This is really necessary, whether you are speaking with an engineer, a potential investor, or to a multi-billion dollar corporation whose support you are seeking.  New ideas that are good ideas spark excitement. Excitement produces engagement.  Engagement breeds loyalty, which is rare and must be reciprocated.

As for how I honed this skill; I did this the way most people do: by making mistakes and failing. When you are younger, you think you are so much smarter than everyone else.  Now I have a much more humble approach to business, and life in general.

What college and career advice would you give to students interested in taking their design innovations to market?
Focus on focusing.  Don’t take no for an answer. Think big.  Seek mentorship from people who work in the industry you want to penetrate.  If you do have an innovative design, something you are truly excited about, be very careful about who you share it with, prior to doing something about protecting your idea.

Fear of failure is what holds a lot of people back. Other people’s opinions can also drag you down. I would finish by encouraging students by quoting Napoleon Hill: “Put your foot upon the neck of the fear of criticism by reaching a decision not to worry about what other people think, do, or say.”

Original interview here: https://academy.autodesk.com/inspiration/impact-design-entrepreneurs-yana-demeyer

 

Roving Blue, Inc. Announces Key Additions to their Advisory Board

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Roving Blue, Inc. Announces Key Additions to their Advisory Board

Lena, Wisconsin – February 23, 2016

Roving Blue, Inc., a Lena, Wisconsin startup that manufactures a briefcase-sized portable water purification system is pleased to announce the addition of two key professionals, John Katers, Ph.D., and Ryan Holzem, Ph.D., to Roving Blue’s Advisory Board.  Both gentlemen bring a vast amount of experience in Applied Sciences in the water industry to the board.  Moving forward, they will assist Roving Blue with issues such as arsenic, lead, nitrates and other water related contaminants.

About John Katers:

 John Katers

 

John F. Katers, Professor and Chair of Natural and Applied Sciences (Engineering) at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay (UWGB), teaches courses on pollution control, pollution prevention, waste management, renewable energy and resource management.  His research has been in these same areas, where he has been able to consistently obtain external funding for his research, supporting more than thirty master thesis projects and numerous other undergraduate research projects.  Most notably, Katers has worked with anaerobic digestion and solids separation systems for dairy farms, where Wisconsin is a national leader, and on solid waste and recycling issues in Wisconsin, with Katers serving as the Chair of the Brown County Solid Waste Board.  Katers is also the Director the University’s Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) and Chair of the on-line Masters in Sustainable Management.  More recently, he was named as the Frederick E. Baer Professor in Business at UWGB.

Katers has been at UWGB since 1995, initially working for the University of Wisconsin Solid and Hazardous Waste Education Center as a Recycling Specialist before joining the Natural and Applied Sciences faculty in 1999.  He holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and Business Administration and an M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from UWGB and a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Marquette University.  Katers has received numerous awards, including the UWGB Founders Award for Community Outreach, the UWGB Student Nominated Teaching Award, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Green Bay Southwest High School.  EMBI was also honored with a UWGB Founders Award for Collaborative Achievement and Katers was named a Wisconsin Idea Fellow by the University of Wisconsin System in recognition of his outstanding public service and outreach to business and industry.  Finally, in 2013 Katers was awarded a Fulbright Specialist position in 2013 that allowed him to travel to Santiago, Chile, to work collaboratively on sustainability issues with faculty at the Universidad del Desarrollo, where he also just led a student travel course in August.

About Ryan Holzem:

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Ryan M. Holzem is currently an assistant professor in the new Environmental Engineering Technology Program at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay (UWGB). Ryan completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin – Platteville and earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering with emphases in transportation and environmental engineering. He then went on to UW – Madison to earn his Masters of Science degree in Environmental Engineering. Following graduation from UW-Madison, Ryan went to work for CH2M as an environmental engineer, specializing in drinking water treatment. There he worked on stormwater and drinking water projects. Ryan then returned to academia and earned his Ph.D. from Duke University in Environmental Engineering. At Duke, Ryan examined emerging contaminants found in human biosolids on soil microorganisms following the land application of the biosolids. After Duke, Ryan worked as an Environmental Engineer at Donohue and Associates out of Sheboygan, WI for a year prior to joining UWGB in 2015.

At UWGB, Ryan has been involved with the startup of the new Engineering Technology program, which offers students B.S. degrees in Electrical, Environmental, and Mechanical Engineering Technology. Ryan’s responsibilities have included teaching courses in engineering drawing, surveying, water and wastewater, fluids, and project management, as well as, preparing the program for ABET accreditation. Ryan’s research at UWGB has expanded upon his academic and professional experience and focuses on biological, chemical, and physical processes of drinking water and wastewater treatment. He is especially interested in processes and technologies associated with nutrient and energy recovery, such as anaerobic digestion, biosolids management and disposal, and phosphorus, nitrogen, and potassium recovery. Ryan has already obtained external funding that supports the work of several undergraduate researchers on projects dealing with anaerobic digestion and manure dewatering and water treatment for large dairy farms, manure stabilization in lagoons using a biological additive, pretreatment options for the anaerobic digestion of an invasive grass species, and chloride reduction practices in meat processing facilities. In addition, Ryan serves on the Brown County Solid Waste Board.

About Roving Blue, Inc.:

The Roving Blue SWP is a lightweight, portable water purification system that produces purified drinking water from fresh water sources such as ponds, streams and ditches. It represents a significant advancement over microfiltration and UV systems due to its employment of dissolved ozone gas (more powerful than chlorine) for highly effective microbiological control. Advanced filtration + ozone gas is how many water bottling companies produce their bottled water.

Photos and Hi-Def videos of our military interactions are available upon request.

 

Contact Information:

Yana DeMyer, CEO

Roving Blue, Inc.

yana@rovingblue.com

(920) 621-2163