The team is hard at work continuing their design. In our last meeting 2 weeks ago we discussed two key technologies for the base of the design. Rope or Piston based pumping. After much deliberation and consideration for all of the factors involved in support, design and fabrication we will be moving forward with a Rope pump based design.
The team has set a goal of completing a preliminary design by the end of December with a prototype shortly after in February.
The key difference between the WOC design and others commercially available will be the local support, content for long term sustainability and of course cost.
For those unfamiliar with the technology, below is a sketch and photos of designs and assemblies.