Checking in with our epA 2019 winners – a blog series: AUTARCON
In this 11-part blog series, we will be checking in with our empowering people. Award (epA) 2019 winners to see what they’ve been up to since our most recent award ceremony in Cairo last July. Check out what’s new with AUTARCON!
Below is an interview with Philipp Otter, Deputy Managing Director at AUTARCON.
By now our stations are running in more than 10 countries worldwide and supply 100,000 people in the most remote regions reliably with safe drinking water. In 2016, we have started to not only see the treatment stations support potential customers but also enable them to sell the water to their consumers, through water ATMs.
Meanwhile we have started to successfully sell water with our first pilot station in Nigeria and we are collecting data to optimize the profitability for our future stations.
As we are going to increase our system capacity tenfold, with our new system design (see below), with only marginal additional costs, we will further improve profitability of our future water projects.
Siemens Stiftung: With your membership, in what way(s) do you hope to benefit from epN? And if applicable, how have you already gained from your connection to the ecosystem?
Philipp: As always, epN helps us to stay in contact with people that are in the same situation as us. It has helped us already many times in exchanging information on how to deal with business operation related challenges. We are still hoping to join forces with some members to implement our technologies and are offering epN members to work on our project sites with their projects/products if possible.
Siemens Stiftung: Thank you, Philipp! It sounds like you and your team have used this time (during Covid) wisely by looking at improving your technology. Good luck with your efforts in Egypt, Tanzania, and Nepal!