Epiphany Solar Water Systems (SWS) began in 2005 when Tom Joseph and Henry Wandrie first conceived of a simple and inexpensive method of distilling water with concentrated solar energy. After receiving seed funding from Innovation Works (a PA Ben Franklin Technology Partner) in 2009, a team of diverse and highly skilled individuals was secured to undergo the project. Among them are experts in solar energy, design, manufacturing, marketing, and business management.
Since its conception, Epiphany SWS has completed fabrication of various Beta units, which are currently undergoing final testing, with pilot market launch of these units proposed to commence by the end of 2010. Epiphany SWS is currently seeking additional funding to complete the market launch of the V1.0 product. Once the pilot market is proven, Epiphany SWS will seek to secure its first institutional round of funding in early 2011. This will allow Epiphany SWS to reach operational profitability by the end of 2011. Key use of funds include: development and release of v.1.0 of the water purification units, establishment of distributor agreements, and all necessary marketing and PR required to achieve initial customer sales.
Epiphany SWS’ Beta hybrid unit was unveiled at the G20 Summit in Pittsburgh, concurrent with the release of the non-profit organization, Project EviivE. Project EviivE’s sole purpose is to provide water purification systems to developing communities worldwide.