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    Brief Biographies

    Gordon Rogers, Chief Executive Officer, has a bachelors degree in mathematics from UC-

    Berkeley and certification in ISO 9001 auditing and line management from UC-Los Angeles. He is

    currently a quality engineer for a major aerospace contractor, assuring contract satisfaction for

    delivery of optical, mechanical, and electronic systems. He chairs the Environmentally

    Controlled Areas Team, a multidisciplinary group of material scientists and instrumentation,facilities, manufacturing, process-engineering, environmental health and safety, information

    systems, and audit-management personnel. Gordon has also served as site champion for design

    for manufacture using numerical methods. He currently creates compliance strategies for new

    product development and supports design, production engineering, and program management

    for numerous new products under large contracts. Gordons friendly, honest, and thorough

    style has gained him trust and support throughout the organization along with customer and

    supplier bases.

    Adam Jones, Chief Operating Officer, has served as associate director of licensing and business

    development and was a founding member of UC-Santa Barbaras Office of Technology Transfer,

    where he worked with entrepreneurs, companies, and researchers to help facilitate thecommercialization of technology developed at the institution. Adam is responsible for

    evaluating the potential of early stage technologies, securing intellectual property, assessing

    new venture opportunities, identifying suitable business partners, and negotiating licensing

    transactions. He has experience working with entrepreneurs, investors, attorneys, and

    corporate executives to successfully bring new inventions from the lab to the marketplace.

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    Adam has previously served as a corporate attorney specializing in counseling companies on

    matters relating to venture capital financing, mergers and acquisitions, securities regulations,

    intellectual property, and startup issues. Adam was also the co-founder and CEO of a successful

    startup company focused on developing and commercializing nanodiamond technology. He

    currently serves on the Board of Directors of the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Central Coast.

    Adam earned his juris doctorate from Harvard Law School and his bachelors degree in

    biological sciences, high honors, from UC-Santa Barbara. He is a member of the State Bar of

    California, the Licensing Executives Society, the Association of University Technology Managers,

    and the UC-Davis Entrepreneurs Academy. His expertise in managing a variety of technologies

    and business models to maximize startup potential, commercial viability, and patentability will

    serve him well in his work with WVW.

    Ian Meyer, Chief Financial Officer, completed his bachelors degree in international business at

    the University of San Francisco in 2004 and has studied at the University of Pompeu Fabra in

    Barcelona, Spain and The Kings School Canterbury in Canterbury, England. He currently serves

    as an investment analyst for Trustees Inc., a socially responsible investment firm, and director

    of the T&J Meyer Family Foundation, a London-based private family foundation that is

    dedicated to alleviating human suffering through effective and sustainable giving focused on

    health, education, and the environment, leveraging its assets to create scalable impact and

    sustainable solutions to global poverty. He has previously served as a consultant specialist for

    RCM Capital Management in San Francisco.

    Mark Miller, Technology Implementation Specialist, studied geology and computer science at

    San Jose State University and California State University at Northridge. Since 1978 he has led a

    long and varied technical career, developing a variety of skills, including project management,

    product design, quality assurance, and software development. He currently serves as

    technology transfer consultant for Centre daide technologique aux entreprises (CATE-CN) in

    Sept-Iles, Quebec. Previously, he has served as technical services manager for Blickman, Inc. in

    Lodi, New Jersey; principal consultant for Quality Management Guides in Santa Barbara,

    California; executive director for Alamo Learning Systems in San Ramon, California and

    Montreal, Quebec; senior engineer for Unisys Carpinteria (PulsePoint) in Carpinteria, California;

    regulatory affairs manager for Karl Storz Imaging, Inc. in Santa Barbara; quality assurance

    engineer specialist for Northrop Grumman, Air Combat Systems in Hawthorne, California;

    product assurance project engineer for L3 Communications, Ocean Systems in Sylmar,

    California; senior quality engineer for Allied Signal Aerospace in Sylmar; senior quality

    assurance analyst for Bendix Oceanics Division in Sylmar; and data analyst for Bendix

    Electrodynamics Division in Sylmar.

    Corey Rogers, Marketing Director, has served as assistant advertising manager for Morris

    Multimedia / Oakdale Leader for 15 years, supporting nearly 200 clients per month with about

    450 advertisements serviced by a dozen advertising agencies. Her advertising products include

    high-gloss magazines, special events, daily and weekly newsprint, and attending websites. Her

    personal sales in 2011 approached $250,000.

    Marian Rogers, Payroll, Tax, and Benefits Coordinator, has many years of experience in

    accounting, personnel, health insurance administration, and payroll and tax preparation. Since

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    1992, she has been an HR Block Group tax professional, conducting interviews and preparing

    taxes for up to 350 clients per year, including returns involving multiple rentals, sole

    proprietorships, bankruptcies, cancelation of debt, and sales of stock. Before that she worked

    as bookkeeper for the Escalon Unified School District, where she managed accounts payable,

    payroll for 300 employees, health insurance, contracts, and certification, as well as budget

    preparation for annual contract negotiations.

    Richard Bradford, Physicist and Numerical Analyst, completed his masters degree in physics at

    UC-Davis, after receiving a departmental citation there for his bachelors degree in physics, as

    well as the Saxon-Patten Award for Physics. He was class valedictorian at ITT. As an associate

    scientist at Polystor Companys Lithium Battery Research Department, he received two patents

    for pioneering battery separator polymer coating enhancements, and he reduced standard

    deviation of battery performance by designing and researching production methods.

    Hugo A. Loiciga, Hydrology Consultant, earned a doctorate and a masters degree in hydrology

    and water resources at the UC-Davis, and a bachelors degree in civil engineering from the

    University of Costa Rica. He is now professor of geography at UC-Santa Barbara, where he has

    taught since 1988. Before that, he held positions at Wright State University and UC-Davis and

    has worked as a Supervising Hydrologist for Agronivelacion/Irrigation District of Moracia in

    Costa Rica.

    Throughout the last 25 years, Hugo has concentrated on making long-lasting contributions to

    the understanding of climate change/variability and land-use change and their linkages to

    watershed hydrologic processes, focused specifically on the response of regional aquifer

    systems and vulnerable flood plains, streams, and water quality. He has produced

    groundbreaking research in several areas: (i) understanding the linkage between climate

    change and variability and regional groundwater dynamics; (ii) changing streamflow

    characteristics (peak flows and runoff volume) in forest fire-impacted catchments; (iii) assessing

    climate variability and the recurrence of droughts in semiarid regions of the western U.S.; (iv)

    analyzing climatic uncertainty and human risk aversion and their impacts on complex water-

    resources systems; (v) determining the effect of floodplain development on flood hazards,

    which opened a novel area of hydrologic inquiry, forensic hydrology; and (vi) developing a

    mathematically based theory for sustainable water resources development. Hugos research

    has earned him various national awards and fellowships, and he has led dozens of national

    technical committees charged with developing state-of-the-art reports, technical reports,

    standards of practice in several fields of science and technology, and organizing conferences

    and technical sessions in venues worldwide.

    Hugo has been a leader in science education and technology transfer. Since 1989, he has

    chaired several national committees funded by the American Society of Civil Engineers, a

    150,000-member professional society that includes a large water-and-environment

    section. He has served as scientific advisor to several community and state nonprofit

    organizations to help them advance causes as wide-ranging as enhancing scientific literacy

    among the public and promoting environmental justice. He has also served as U.S.

    representative to the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (appointed by the

    U.S. National Academy of Sciences).

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    John Clevenger, Documentarian, earned a doctorate in music theory at the University of

    Rochester and was a National Graduate Fellow in the Humanities and Social Sciences, winning

    two national awards for his research and writing while a doctoral student. Following a three-

    year stint as a lecturer at UC-Santa Barbara, John worked as a Clinical Data Manager for a Santa

    Barbara medical device company. Trained in Lean Six Sigma, he now leads Genesis Quest, an

    international team of researchers investigating ancient enigmas. He is also establishing awriting career, with novels, films, and a TV docuseries in development. Topically, his first novel

    is entitled The Flood.

    Silas Dunlap, Builder, has been active as a licensed general contractor in the Santa Barbara area

    since 1989. With over 30 years of hands-on construction experience, he has executed a wide

    variety of residential and commercial remodeling projects, including nightclubs, restaurants,

    and multi-units. His current projects include complex, custom residential remodels as well as an

    ongoing 20-year history of successful competitive-bid projects for the local Hilton Corporation

    facility, Fess Parkers DoubleTree Resort.

    Mark Kram, Engineering Consultant, earned both his doctorate in environmental science and

    management and his bachelors degree in chemistry from UC-Santa Barbara. He is currently

    Chief Technology Officer at Groundswell Technologies and lectures at UC-Santa Barbara. For

    over twenty years, Mark served as a hydrogeologist and environmental geochemist for the U.S.

    government, specializing in environmental site characterization and remediation design. He

    participated in the development of the Navy Site Characterization and Analysis Penetrometer

    System (SCAPS) program as a field project manager and as a project lead in the technology

    transfer of innovative sensors and site characterization approaches. Mark has also served as a

    technical lead for the National Environmental Technology Test Site in Port Hueneme, where he

    led MTBE plume delineation and monitoring field efforts and introduced, designed, and

    evaluated several innovative characterization and remediation approaches. Recently, Mark

    played key roles as a technical lead on the ESTCP LTM Well Comparison Project (ER-0011), PI forthe Detailed Hydraulic Assessment Project (ER-0421), co-PI for the Combined Source-Area

    Remediation with MNA Project (ER-0436), developed national standards and guidance for

    ASTM and ITRC, and has taught graduate level university courses in Fate and Transport of

    Contaminants, Geographical Information Systems, and Field Environmental Applications. Mark

    currently oversees the technical development, marketing, and deployment of his patented

    automated sensor based contouring and modeling software platforms used for water resources

    management and restoration, and Homeland Security applications.

    Full resumes with timelines available on request.

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    APPENDIX B. Detailed Product Description

    PSolarCDA exploits temperature differences between incoming source water and the high

    temperatures achieved within the system to recapture energy through conventional

    countercurrent heat exchange in recycling the energy of condensation into the pretreatment of

    saline water. This brings about condensation through thermal isolation and exposure of source

    water to heat in a dynamic system during daylight hours (Figure 1).

    Figure 1. Notional Representation of Heat Flow as Dictated by Temperature Differences

    PSolarCDA provides a scalable, recyclable means for purifying water using layers of plastic

    configured as cells. The system employs existing materials and production techniques, whetherimplemented as rigid arrays or flexible bubble wrap arrays. Most materials can be derived

    from recycled plastic, and the cells are themselves recyclable. Mathematical modeling

    demonstrates that the system can be scaled for multiple uses, from private residential

    applications to large-scale municipal water supply.

    The system is built around a cell or bubble with saltwater input and freshwater output (Figure

    2). As the sun warms a heating chamber within the cell, the

    saltwater evaporates, leaving the salt and other impurities in

    solution, and the water vapor condenses on the cells chilling

    surface as desalinated water. This purified water then drains from

    the cell and is made available for drinking, cooking, cleaning,irrigation, and other uses. Slightly higher saline water is returned

    to the surrounding environment.

    Figure 2. Model Cell

    Within the cell, the top of the incoming water channel is the bottom of the condensation

    chamber, forming a thermal exchange boundary. By thermally interfacing the cold incoming

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    water with the floor of the condensation chamber, the temperature of the input water is raised

    jointly by condensation on the interface and its exposure to post-process, heated effluent.

    The system employs a double-dome structure that precludes condensation energy losses by

    allowing preheating of the inner dome. This preclusion of convection cooling on the internal

    surface is a preferable trade-off against the alternative losses incurred by the heating of the

    interstitial space between the dome layers.

    By adjusting the flow rate as solar energy increases as the sun ascends to its zenith, energy is

    captured by new water entering the system, warming it as steam and outgoing water are

    cooled. We accomplish this heat exchange by mimicking the vascular systems of organisms

    (Figure 3), a novel approach that may prove extensible to other

    industrial applications. Thermal isolation of the vascular heat-

    exchange structure from the surrounding water allows for thermal

    countercurrent gradient flow of water coming into and going out of

    the processing cell and the recapture of the heat of vaporization

    energy expended in the initial evaporation and associated


    Recapturing the energy of vaporization is the holy grail of applied

    thermodynamics in water treatment. For water, the heat of

    vaporizationthe amount of heat needed to change liquid water at

    100 C to steam at 100 Crequires more than five times the

    energy than the energy needed to heat the same quantity of water

    from 0 C to 100 C. Our system recaptures this energy and uses it

    passively to raise the temperature of the incoming water.

    Figure 3. Heat Exchanger

    Our recent experiments on solar intensity indicate that the amount of solar energy available is

    sufficient to vaporize large amounts of water if suitably captured. Based on these observations,

    we anticipate achieving a production capacity of about a gram of water per square meter every

    five seconds, or about a kilogram (one liter) of water per square meter every 83 minutes.

    We are studying possible configurations of our cell and panel arrays for optimal manufacture

    and deployment (Figure 4). Hexagonally packed geometry allows for gravity drainage from the

    array along 120 axes that remain at a compound, downhill pitch. Our use of a Fresnel Dome

    (Figure 5) with line-spacing principally effective on infrared wavelengths can be used to focus

    more of the incoming solar radiation on the evaporative cup, accommodating a higher

    acceptance angle that allows for more efficient energy capture throughout the day.

    Standard Planar

    Fresnel lens

    Dome FresnelRay Tracing

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    Figure 4. Candidate Array Configuration Figure 5. Fresnel Dome Architecture

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    APPENDIX C. Market Sectors

    Municipalities: Large-scale municipal PSolarCDAs, entailing contracts with water districts. Such

    applications would involve very large linked-PSolarCDAs integrated with existing supply and

    control infrastructures.

    Industrial Segment 1: PSolarCDAs for commercial properties, public buildings, government

    buildings, and commercial residential properties, integrated into a buildings primary water

    supply for initial treatment from marine or tainted ground sources.

    Industrial Segment 2: PSolarCDAs for industrial customers who require fresh water for

    processing operations.

    Industrial Segment 3: PSolarCDAs for industrial customers who produce water-based products

    (not including agricultural markets).

    Portable Segment 1: Shipboard PSolarCDAs for fresh water harvesting.Portable Segment 2: See Emergency Provisional below.

    Portable Segment 3: See Impoverished Families and Villages below.

    Portable Segment 4: Small, hand-carried PSolarCDA configurations suitable for temporary or

    permanent installations in remote locations.

    Portable Segment 5: PSolarCDAs for pleasure marine use, to supplement existing first aid or

    survival kits carried onboard private boats.

    Emergency Provisional: Medium-scale portable PSolarCDAs suitable for airlift, container ship, or

    truck delivery to governments and humanitarian or emergency disaster relief organizations.

    Residential Segment 1: PSolarCDAs for commercial properties, public buildings, government

    buildings, and commercial residential properties, integrated into a buildings primary water

    supply for initial treatment from marine or tainted ground sources.

    Residential Segment 2: PSolarCDA panels for the home-improvement green movement market.

    Agricultural Segment 1: Large-scale PSolarCDAs for close to medium proximity to saltwater,

    which supplies fresh water for open air agriculture and food production.

    Agricultural Segment 2: PSolarCDAs configured with greenhouses.

    Agricultural Segment 3: PSolarCDAs for runoff cleanup removal of salt buildup.

    Atmospheric CO2 Scrubbing: PSolarCDA-supplied agriculture in greenhouse or open-air

    applications primarily intended to increase green area CO2 removal from the atmosphere.

    Impoverished Families and Villages: Personal or small-village adaptation of the PSolarCDA for

    impoverished people through existing humanitarian programs.

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    APPENDIX D. Product Configurations


    Large-Scale Municipal - Developed Areas

    This opportunity focuses on large-scale municipal applications for the PSolarCDA. This includes

    contracts with water districts such as DWP of Los Angeles and the Sacramento-San Joaquin

    Delta Water Project of Northern California. Such applications would involve very large linked-

    PSolarCDAs integrated with existing supply and control infrastructures. Very large systems

    would be implemented to provide sustainable potable water supplies and replenish depleted

    aquifers for public consumption.

    Large-Scale Municipal - Undeveloped or Developing Areas

    This opportunity focuses on large-scale municipal applications for the PSolarCDA. This segment

    is identified as unique to undeveloped and developing areas.

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    Southern California Water Area and San Joaquin Delta Project

    These opportunities focus on integration of PSolarCDA with existing and planned public

    infrastructure. Implemented through local water authorities, they will add to freshwater

    capacity as well as public consumption. These applications will contribute to agricultural waterconservation, urban water conservation, replenishing depleted aquifers, and water recycling

    programs funded under state grants.

    Santa Barbara City Project

    This opportunity focuses on coupling PSolarCDA with existing source and supply pipelines.

    Facilities previously dedicated for a defunct reverse osmosis system would be utilized.

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    Brackish Aquifer Desalination

    The approach lends itself to land locked water provision from underground water sources with

    high mineral content. Pumping and local logistics are comparable to alternative methods.


    Industrial Waste Stream Scrubber

    This opportunity focuses on industrial customers who need to recycle process waters and to

    separate hazardous impurities from effluent. The PSolarCDA would be integrated with waste

    stream separation processes and replace less efficient and more costly components of these


    Industrial Water Pre-Treatment

    This opportunity focuses on industrial customers who require fresh water for processing


    Bottled/Packaged Water Producers

    This opportunity focuses on industrial customers who produce water-

    based products, not including agricultural markets. WVW will establish its

    own presence in this large and growing market space with Bottled World

    View Water.

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    Sea Deployment

    Large Scale Platform, Shipboard

    This opportunity focuses on shipboard applications for freshwater harvesting and for stationaryplatform freshwater sources.


    Wilderness Sports Unit

    This opportunity focuses on a small (hand-carried) configuration of the PSolarCDA suitable for

    temporary or permanent installations in remote locations.

    Marine Pleasure Craft Unit

    This opportunity focuses on the pleasure marine accessories market. The PSolarCDA would

    supplement or be included in existing first aid or survival kits carried onboard private pleasure


    Garden Greenhouse Kit

    This opportunity focuses on a garden kit distributed by major retailers that also provides

    greenhouse and shade space.

    Emergency Provisional

    Home Safety Kit

    This opportunity focuses on a home safety kit distributed by leading retailers providing filtering

    of water and purification during water-supply disruptions, such as following major storms.

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    Disaster Area Response

    This opportunity focuses on medium-scale portable systems suitable for airlift delivery,

    container ship, and/or delivered by truck. Customers include government and charitable,

    humanitarian, or emergency disaster-relief organizations.


    Commercial Residential and Developers

    This opportunity focuses on commercial properties, public buildings, government buildings, and

    commercial residential properties. The PSolarCDA would be integrated into the buildings

    primary water supply for initial treatment from marine or tainted ground sources, as well as

    gray water waste stream, to remove impurities for recycling to fresh water. Array panels maybe added to exterior walls of existing buildings as decorative panels, awnings, roofs, or fascia,

    or they may be integrated into the structure of new buildings.

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    Private Residential and Homeowners

    This opportunity focuses on the green movement home-improvement market for private

    homeowners. Whether installed by a contractor or as a do-it-yourself project, these

    implementations would integrate PSolarCDA panels into the buildings gray water waste streamto remove impurities for recycling to fresh water. Array panels may be added to exterior walls

    of existing buildings as decorative panels, awnings, roofs, or fascia, or they may be integrated

    into the structure of new buildings. Units may be distributed through leading building and

    lumber stores.


    Large Agricultural Producers

    This opportunity focuses on large-scale PSolarCDA systems in close to medium proximity to

    saltwater sources to supply fresh water for open-air agriculture and food production.

    Commercial Greenhouses

    This opportunity focuses on PSolarCDA systems configured with greenhouses. As a partial fill-

    factor, the PSolarCDA provides insulation, shade, and fresh water.

    Run-Off Scrubber

    This opportunity focuses on runoff cleanup and removal of salt buildup.

    Large Scale Wetlands RestorationRestoration of wetland ecosystems has been indicated as a primary means of stabilizing

    desertification in areas with historically high rainfall.

    Atmospheric CO2 Scrubbing

    Integrated Scrubber Systems

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    This opportunity focuses on integration of PSolarCDA-supplied agriculture in greenhouse or

    open-air applications primarily intended to increase green area CO2

    removal from the

    atmosphere. When coupled to the gas production waste stream, integrated systems operating

    as greenhouses would also be capable of scrubbing CO2

    from urban air streams or industrial

    exhaust. Both approaches allow for excess water production for human or livestock


    Collocated with Open-Ocean Fish and Shellfish Farming

    This approach allows for synergy between exhausted water-production systems and food

    production similar to marine greenhouses. The method will serve as a refuge for cultivated

    species, protecting them from predators and non-cultivated species.

    Large-Scale Scrubber

    Large-scale weather impacts of ocean surface installations are anticipated to play an increasing

    role in system deployment planning.

    Fresh Water Recovery for Impoverished Families and VillagesPoverty and Disease Relief Kit

    This opportunity focuses on development of personal or small-village adaptation of the

    PSolarCDA for impoverished people in relief-packaged bundles as part of humanitarian efforts.

    The adapted version of the PSolarCDA would be portable by small truck (and potentially could

    include a smaller backpack-portable personal configuration), allowing its use in remote areas.

    Since the PSolarCDA has no moving parts and requires no other energy aside from sunlight, it

    may be used by people without special technical training. The PSolarCDA may be readily

    integrated as a component of relief packages currently in humanitarian distribution.