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5 april 2024

Would you drink water from the Marne? Seeing its color and smelling its odor, it’s doubtful you’d risk it. But a French engineer has succeeded in making this water drinkable thanks to his machine called Filtralife. With its multiple filters, it captures all pollutants and particles.
Clearly, this machine made in France could solve the crucial problem of access to drinking water on Earth. “Two billion people in the world have no access to it. Yet some of them live next to rivers…” recalls Paul Minot, who financed Filtralife with his own personal funds. “I had the idea at 11pm. I was in bed and nudged my wife, telling her I’d found a way to make water drinkable. I started working on it the very next day,” he explains. It took a year of research and development to create Filtralife.

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25 march 2024

It’s a solution almost too good to believe. Last September, Poitou-based start-up Filtralife launched a machine capable of making polluted fresh water drinkable, even if it’s contaminated with pesticides. An innovation that is attracting interest in France and abroad. Filtralife is in the national finals of the Tech For Futur competition.

Drinking water from the Dive in Valence-en-Poitou (Vienne) requires a little physical strength and a lot of ingenuity. Demonstration: cup in hand, Auguste Minot approaches the water’s edge. “You simply fill the reservoir: you activate the system with this crank, and then you take a glass, turn on the tap, and the water comes out instantly drinkable.”

The machine, created by the young man, works without electricity or chemicals. The water passes through a succession of filters. Membranes block bad particles and preserve minerals. “We’re on a mix of nano filtration and reverse osmosis. We’re really going to retain all bacteria and viruses. Unlike other solutions, we’ll keep the minerals that are essential to life.”

Validated by science

This method has been tested in a laboratory set up in Poitiers and approved by the French Ministry of Health. Professor emeritus at the University of Poitiers and a specialist in water quality and treatment, Bernard Legube put Auguste Minot’s machine to the scientific test. His challenge: to make water from the Marne river drinkable.

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15 February 2024

The invention, patented in June 2023, has “real potential”, admits Bernard Legube, Professor Emeritus at the University of Poitiers, who met Paul Minot at the end of 2023 in La Rochelle. For this expert in the field of drinking water and its treatment, the machine can help populations around the world who have no access to drinking water. 

It can still supply a village, a neighbourhood, a community,” he says. This machine brings together different types of treatment to produce top-quality water from groundwater or surface water of average or mediocre quality, for a small flow and to supply a population in times of drought or crisis, for example. Whether in Mayotte, to take an example from the French overseas departments and territories, or in times of war, natural disaster, fire, or the aggravated effects of global warming, it’s still a good solution, especially as it requires no energy or chemicals.”

Bernard Legube notes, however, that the machine cannot handle large quantities of water at present. “It has a capacity of around one thousand litres per hour. That’s not insignificant, but it can’t supply a city like Poitiers, for example. “

To operate the machine, raw water is poured into a tank. The water then passes through several filters, the last of which is extremely fine, and emerges potable. “It’s odourless, tasteless, colourless and, above all, of excellent quality. 

We carried out several studies with a laboratory in Poitou, and it meets all the criteria for drinking water with flying colours,” continues Paul Minot. The analyses were carried out using water from the Marne, one of the most polluted rivers in France.

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7 February 2024

After a year, we are in the marketing phase. Our target is people who don’t have access to drinking water, but the way to reach them is through governments, armies, NGOs and multinationals. They are our customers. Our machine is therefore not sold individually. We only want to sell it in containers.

FiltraLife is 80% manufactured by a metallurgical plant located 40 minutes from Valence-en-Poitou. The rest is assembled here by two employees who can make 16 machines a day. We can aim for 320 machines a month with just two employees. And if we get bigger orders, we can adapt.

We are being approached by major groups in Europe. Last summer, some French mayors contacted me. For the moment, we’re not selling the machine individually, but if several mayors get together to place a joint order, why not?

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31 January 2024

In this exciting episode of FiltraLife, we’re honored to welcome an eminent scientist whose illustrious career has been dedicated to the water industry. Join us as we dive into an enriching conversation about the transformative power of FiltraLife and the revolutionary science behind it.

🔬 Meet the expert: Get to know our esteemed guest, a leading authority in the water industry. We explore his remarkable journey, uncovering the milestones that have marked his distinguished career in making water safe and accessible to all.

💧 The science of FiltraLife: Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of FiltraLife. We reveal the complex scientific principles that make FiltraLife a game-changer in water filtration.

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30 January 2024

He is surprised and, by his own admission, does not yet have “all the academic explanations” for this performance. Bernard Legube, professor emeritus at the University of Poitiers and a recognized expert in water treatment, is categorical: “This machine is capable of producing drinking water, without electrical energy, without combustion, and without chemicals.”

Perplexed when he first saw a demonstration last September, the former director of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Ingénieurs (Ensi) in Poitiers took a close interest in this innovation. Independently. Since then, he’s been stunned. And all the analytical results produced by the Poitiers laboratory Ianesco point in the same direction. Just imagine! 
A sample of water from the Marne, even more polluted than the Seine, was recently filtered by this miracle machine. The result? 
All 500 particles analyzed were in the green.

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26 January 2024

La Tribune brings together the best experts and travels the length and breadth of France in search of the startups that will meet the major economic, societal and climate challenges of the coming decade. France’s biggest tech event, Tech for Future continued its tour of France’s future innovations in Bordeaux on Friday January 26, following an initial stopover in Toulouse. The principle: to crown six startups in each region, one in each category: Environment & Energy, Industry, Data & AI, Smart tech (innovations in usage), Health and Start (seed-stage nuggets). 26 startups from the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region pitched their innovations to a panel of professionals. In addition to La Tribune, our partners Mission French Tech, Bpifrance, Business France, BNP Paribas, Dalkia, BeTomorrow and MamaWorks were all members of the jury.

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23 January 2024

“I run a telecoms company in a small village in the south of the Vienne department. I designed the premises in an eco-constructed way to heat them at a lower cost, and installed a rainwater harvesting system to supply flushing toilets, washing machines etc. I wanted to push the envelope and make the rainwater drinkable. With my engineering brain, I wanted to push the envelope and make rainwater potable. That’s what led me to create FiltraLife.

It’s designed not to break down: entirely mechanical, it works without electricity or electronics. Intended for low-income populations, it has no consumables to change, which would have to be repurchased. Our aim, in all modesty, is to provide a solution in regions where people have no access to drinking water. And that’s the case for two billion people in the world today.”

Paul Minot.

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2 January 2024

On November 23rd, we had the opportunity to participate in a conference organized by La Maison de l’Afrique, a platform dedicated to the exchange and promotion of African economies, cultures, and arts, founded in 1974.

The conference, led by Mr. Youssouf Camara, the director of La Maison de l’Afrique, highlighted the crucial importance of access to water, a challenge we face daily.

Air Water Africa was also there, represented by their CEO Alain Léon, introducing us to their technologies centered around atmospheric condensation and reverse osmosis systems.

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28 December 2023

Could a simple, robust, mobile machine make water that isn’t drinkable? Paul Minot, an engineer and company director based in Valence-en-Poitou, didn’t just imagine it. He actually designed it.

After ten months’ work, the prototype of this machine is now operational. A patent application has been filed. Filtralife Solution has just been created. Having acquired solid international experience, particularly in Africa, Paul Minot intends to set up a workshop in his 1,000 m2 premises in Valence-en-Poitou, capable of producing sixteen machines a day to meet needs he knows to be immense: “Worldwide, two billion people have no access to drinking water. There are countries that have water but can’t drink it. More than a million people die every year because they drink polluted water.”

Paul Minot

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6 November 2023

Weighing in at 60 kilos, this machine can be moved around quite easily. “I wanted a solution that was simple, nomadic and entirely mechanical. A machine that doesn’t break down,” its inventor told La Nouvelle République.

Paul Minot has just applied for a patent for his solution, and has set up the company FIltralife Solution to develop it. He hopes to offer his devices at a price of 6,900 euros to governments, NGOs and multinationals in countries where access to drinking water is problematic. The machine could also be of interest to the armed forces, providing clean water to troops in any terrain, hospitals in underserved areas or schools. It could also be useful in the event of a natural disaster, temporarily rendering water unsafe in the affected geographical area. Its inventor has already thought about how he will package it. “It won’t be sold individually, but by container. In a 40-foot container, you can put 47”, he told the local newspaper.

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28 August 2023

It’s a well-known fact that it’s in times of crisis that inventions flourish. Right now, we’ve got no water, but we’ve got ideas. Even in mainland France. With his brain racing, Paul Minot, a telecoms engineer who supplies sub-Saharan Africa, has been working on an easy-to-use concept to make water drinkable. Like a beer tapping machine, a turn of the crank and the blue gold becomes pure. There’s no other energy source for a process that he promises will be simple to use and maintain.

Echoes of the Mayotte prefect’s press conference announcing restrictive measures having made the rounds of Planet France, he contacted us to tell us he had THE solution through his Filtra Life, named after the company he set up.

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