Belfast Telegraph

Graeme's bright idea to clean water that could save thousands of lives

A YOUNG innovator is preparing to represent Northern Ireland at a science exhibition in America.

Graeme Brown from Dundonald, Co Down has developed a new water disinfection service and will exhibit the device at one of the largest international science fairs, which will be held in Houston, Texas this week.

The former Belfast Grosvenor Grammar School pupil devised the BrightWater Project which has the potential to eradicate water pollution.

The project treats hygienically unsafe water making use of UV-A radiation from sunlight - a technique known as solar water disinfection.

It focuses on combining filtration technology with the energy of the sun to provide a cost-effective development meeting present and future world needs.

Water pollution accounts for 25,000 deaths in developing countries on a daily basis.

Graeme earned his ticket to the International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering, and Environmental Project (I-SWEEEP) after winning the I-SWEEEP Award sponsored by the University of Ulster at the 2011 Sentinus Young Innovators Exhibition (YIE).

More than 1000 young scientists from 70 countries will display their projects based on relevant environmental issues.

Graeme said: "Last year I entered the Sentinus YIE with my BrightWater Project and was delighted when I was rewarded with a trip to the US to represent Northern Ireland at I-SWEEEP.

"I have worked hard to develop my innovation and am very grateful for the help that I have received along the way."

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