The National Laboratory Service congratulates award winner
1 June 2009, News release from National Laboratory Service
The National Laboratory Service (NLS) would like to congratulate the winner of the 2009 NLS Innovation Award for Environment Technology.
NLS managing director Malcolm Lythgo presented the prestigious innovation award at the Energy and Environment Awards 2009 - part of the Sustainabilitylive! exhibition - to winners Red Button Design Ltd.
Red Button Design scooped the NLS sponsored award at the black tie event - which took place at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham - for their creative water sanitation device, Reverse Osmosis Sanitation System (ROSS).
NLS commercial director Ian Rippin said: "We are delighted to present this award to Red Button Design. Science innovation is at the heart of what we do at NLS and our support of this award underlines our passion for developing new ways of doing things. Congratulations to our worthy winners, Red Button Design."
Red Button Design is made up of entrepreneurial partners, Amanda Jones and James Brown. The 25-year-olds spent 15 months working on the ROSS - which will give the 1.2 billion people across the world who don't have access to safe water the ability to collect water from the nearest source and sanitise it for safe drinking and bathing.
A two wheel device, the ROSS can be pulled or pushed to the nearest source of surface water and filled to a maximum of 50 litres. It is then rolled back to the community, during which the wheels drive a filtration system - so that once the user has returned, the water is safe to drink.
Amanda Jones said: "This award recognises something that we both feel very strongly about, science innovation. Technology doesn't have to be abstract; it is about offering solutions to problems. We are thrilled that the technical progress we have made has been recognised by winning an award from such a reputable and influential organisation, the NLS, who have an unrivalled reputation for scientific excellence.
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