September 23, 2019

CEO of Zero Mass Water Wins Prestigious MIT Lemelson Award!

Cody Friesen, PhD, from MIT’s graduating class of 2004, has been awarded the 2019 Lemelson-MIT Prize in recognition of social, economic, and environmentally sustaining inventions that impact millions around the world. Founder and CEO of Zero Mass Water, one of the private equity investments made by 3×5 Partners, LLC, an Arnerich Massena Approved Manager, Friesen has “dedicated his career to inventing solutions that address two of the biggest challenges to social and economic advancement in the developing world: access to fresh water and reliable energy.” According to the MIT News, the $500,000 prize has been the largest cash prize for inventing in the United States for 25 years. “[Friesen] will be donating his prize to a project with Conservation International to provide clean drinking water via SOURCE Hydropanels to the Bahia Hondita community in Colombia,” the article notes.

“‘At the end of the day, our work is about impact,’” says Friesen, “’and this recognition propels us forward as we deploy SOURCE Hydropanels to change the human relationship to water across the globe.’” Zero Mass Water’s revolutionary technology, SOURCE hydropanels, creates clean, potable water from the air using solar power. Hydropanels have been installed in 12 countries across five continents, and their use is expanding. Carol Dahl, executive director at the Lemelson Foundation, comments: “‘Cody Friesen embodies what it means to be an impact inventor. His inventions are truly improving lives, take into account environmental considerations, and have become the basis for companies that impact millions of people around the world each year.’” Friesen spoke at and was recognized at the EmTech MIT annual conference on September 18, 2019.

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And read an article from the Boston Globe covering the award announcement at