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All Day Workshop 2/12/12

We spent the day as a working session to primarily support implementation work for Project Bangladesh as well as some discussions on Project Pakistan. We were able to work with our board members, Rutgers Chapter and Princeton Chapter members and our advisors as well individuals abroad who joined us on conference calls! We look forward to holding more of these working sessions in the future in order to make significant progress on our international projects.

View pictures from our all day workshop held at Princeton University!



Follow Nasir’s Trip to Bangladesh!!

Vice President Nasir Uddin traveled to our Bangladesh site for two weeks in December 2011-January 2012. Follow below to see a day to day account of what he encountered and accomplished during his time there!!



We are now official members of GlobalGiving!

Thank you to all of our generous donors! We are now permanent members of GlobalGiving.org after raising $4575 from 70 unique donors. We really appreciate all of your support!

We are, however, still trying to raise more money for our project implementation goals, so don’t forget to donate to em[POWER] and help a great cause!


Help Transform 2000 Lives: Wasteland To Homeland:

em[POWER] has to raise $4,000 from 50 donors by December 31, 11:59 PM EST to earn a permanent spot on GlobalGiving


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Water Purification to Duckweed Biofuel

Water Purification to Duckweed Biofuel

Em[POWER] nonprofit 501c3 is supporting the exploration of new innovations related to Duckweed, identifying new international/national locations for duckweed growth/harvesting, along with working to establish collaborations to expand the project’s potential locally in the US and abroad. In general we are pursuing the developing of the “Water Purification to Energy” strategy for deployment internationally and to be tested locally. Water Purification to Energy is growing duckweed for biofuel. It is a process that makes use of the synergy (interdependence) between a community in need of clean water and distributed sustainable energy, with systems enabling economic growth and environmental improvement. “Water Purification to Energy” is based on the idea of capturing an unused resource that is a byproduct of a critical process, specifically being water treatment. Ideally the energy or resources captured that were previously wasted can be used to improve social and economic situations for communities near waste water ponds, living in impoverished conditions. Access to clean water and a sanitary environment could be enhanced by this process, which would directly improve public health. In the United States, the opportunity resides initially with reducing the sediment in retention ponds, which is a potential cost savings for water treatment centers in regards to dredging and burning the sediment. Additionally the continual removal of duckweed helps purify the waste water. The duckweed itself can feed an ethanol or potentially a biodiesel production system, all as a parasitic process using existing waste water infrastructure for harvesting the duckweed.

For more information: please see project page

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