Craig Burton has been an innovator of pond aeration solutions since 2009. The most recent result of his engineering efforts is the PondHawk® (U.S. Pat. No. 9,290,398), a fully-integrated, solar direct, subsurface diffused aeration system to improve water quality in ponds, lakes, and lagoons.
Craig developed the PondHawk to address a need that arose — quite literally — in his own back yard. The Burton property includes a 30+ year old pond that suffered from a variety of toxic issues: algae blooms, red-tide like odors and little evidence of life.
Upon investigation, Craig discovered that most of the pond’s problems were related to stagnation and decomposing organic debris. He also learned that subsurface aeration was the optimal way to resolve the underlying issues. Drawing on his extensive off-grid solar experience, Craig created a solar direct subsurface aerator that eliminates the expense and complications of batteries.
Since installing a PondHawk, the Burton’s have enjoyed an algae-free pond that hosts fish, frogs, turtles and a blue heron!
Craig’s career has been singularly focused on solar energy, first designing and building off-grid photovoltaic systems in southern Africa, South America and Southeast Asia. He subsequently gained experience in manufacturing and product design working with several technology companies including GE Energy. As GE Energy’s Marketing Product Leader, Craig worked on strategic marketing and product positioning for their on-grid residential solar appliance known as Brilliance.
Born in Brazil of American parents, his extensive Spanish and Portuguese language skills brought him to the emerging international rural power markets of South America where he developed solar products for remote off-grid power applications. Here are a few additional examples• PV power supply for a camera system on the Kilauea Volcano • Solar micro-grid system for the Ulu Temburong National Park in Brunei • Mobile solar power supply for the Botswana Defense Force • Solar water pumping system in the Dominican Republic • Solar home lighting systems in Miconesia of Craig’s engineering accomplishments.