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You Can Now Drink Fresh Clean Water Generated by These Solar Panels

Oct 21, 2016 04:00 AM EDT
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An Arizona startup by the name of Zero Mass Water is focused on building solar-powered water production systems that will gather water vapor from hot air.

 Once it cools down, the water vapor gets transformed into potable water. The solar panel, called Source, uses cutting-edge technology that pulls out water from thin air effectively to cover the daily requirements of a family of four individuals, as assured by the company.

Read: WaterSeer: Turbine That Can Produce Water From Air is the Answer to Water Scarcity

Cody Friesen, CEO Zero Mass Water, states that the company was started to provide water to everyone in every corner of the world. He further adds that one person dies out of water-borne disease every 10 seconds, and things like the latest nano-filter and pump technology fail to address the fact that getting access to clean drinking water is a fundamental right of every human being.

Source absorbs moisture passively from the air with the help of a special humectants material. The panel transforms solar energy into electricity that pushes the water out of the collected material. As a result, the water gets evaporated to eradicate pollutants and what you get is pure, clean water fit for drinking.

In 2015, the firm raised $7 million to support a series of pilot programs to show how economic and easy it is for people to get access to water fit for drinking. Since the device can be used either alone or in groups, the system can scale up or down to cater to the water requirements for any number of people.

Read: MIT Develops 'Solar Vapor Generator' From Bubble Wrap, Sponge, Sunlight

With this development, Source now joins the United Nation's experimental waste water filters and drinkable book, in trying to enhance the access of people to safe drinking water.

It's also worth mentioning that Source does not require an external power source to operate, according to Duke Energy International-owner, operator and manager of power generation facilities. In September, Zero Mass Water installed panels at a school, in homes and at a medical facility in Ecuador.

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