The Forever Shower Team Wins Entrepreneurial Competition in Massachusetts
April 27, 2018
Earlier this month, Maria Horta Vorse and her small team U of I-based team placed second in a major entrepreneurial competition held at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. The group was awarded $15,000 for The Forever Shower, which generates clean, filtered water for showers in any environment, especially those where water is in short supply and where access to clean water is limited.
The portable shower system, currently in the prototype phase, includes two-stage filtration that can provide cold, potable water or a hot, perpetual shower — all with as little as one gallon of water. It is powered through a low-energy, 12-volt battery which can be charged by a vehicle, solar panels, wind, or and other electrical sources. Aside from its ability to leave a small environmental footprint, The Forever Shower can be an important solution in areas affected by disasters and drought, as well as places which have limited access to water.
Horta Vorse founded the innovative system with her husband, Chad Vorse, an electrical engineer who graduated from the U of I in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in engineering. The team also includes Alex Boatman, operational management and finance major in the College of Business; and Edward Hall, a mechanical engineering major in the College of Engineering. George Tanner, director of Idaho Entrepreneurs, is the team's mentor. Other U of I faculty and staff also contributed to the team, including Rebecca Márquez, a grants compliance accountant at U of I, who provided guidance and assistance with finance for the team, and Douglas Albertson, a marketing expert and lecturer in the College of Business.
"I am so proud of Maria and her team for developing The Forever Shower, which can greatly improve people's lives while reducing our environmental impact," said Janet E. Nelson, Vice President for Research and Economic Development. "It's an excellent example of our Vandal family's ability to shape the future with innovative thinking."
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