New Technology Uses Air and Sunlight to Produce Drinking Water – Architect Magazine
Dubbed Source Hydropanels, this technology complies with USEPA standards for drinking water and compensates for 70,000 plastic bottles after 10 years of use.
Arizona-based renewable water company Zero Mass Water has developed an off-grid, self-sustained water producing technology dubbed Source Hydropanels
. Integrated fans inside each panel draw air into the Source and hygroscopic material components absorb the water vapor in the air. Then, as air passes through a condenser, water vapor is collected and funneled into an internal reservoir (which holds up to 16 gallons of water in a standard-sized Source) where it is mineralized by adding calcium and magnesium and treated to achieve the optimal quality of drinking water.
The water is then pumped into a polishing filter that balances pH levels and measures level of mineralization before being distributed to the user through a small tube that connects to a kitchen tap.
According to Zero Mass, “a standard [two-panel] Source array replaces more than a 12-pack and up to a 20-pack of bottled water on a sunny day.” On top of that, using the technology for approximately 10 years would compensate for nearly 70,000 plastic bottles.
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