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CHAMPION OF THE DAY
Drinking water panels
generated by solar power
Each unit to produce water from
thin air enough for one family
Source, a solar panel technology designed to extract drinking water from the air, has been introduced to the local market recently by the US-based company Zero Mass Water. It is represented locally by Hasan Daouk.
Source produces water through adsorption and condensation of water vapor from the atmosphere. The technology only needs sunlight and air to create drinking water. Cody Friesen, CEO of Zero Mass Water, said, “This technology provides a safe and economic solution for drinking water, especially in areas where there is no access to clean municipal water and families who rely on bottled water.”
One of Source’s panels produces on average three to five liters of water per day, depending on the environment and climate. On average this can account for needs of one family on a daily basis.
The price of one Source solar panel is $2,500.
The American University of Beirut has tested the water and confirmed its quality.
Zero Mass Water partnered with the René Moawad Foundation to install Source panels in four locations: Eimar public school in Denniyeh, Institut Technique René Moawad, a technical school in Mejdlaya, Tripoli, Dar Al-Aytam in the North, and Caritas Elder House in the North. Friesen said that USAID funded 35 Source panels for these locations.
Friesen said that Source has introduced a number of panels to the market, and is ready to meet the online demand and install panels within a few days. The company is also preparing to open a retail office in Beirut. “We expect to receive good demand, especially from areas that don’t have access to clean water,” said Friesen.
In the last year, Zero Mass Water has entered Jordan and the UAE.
Reported by Rania Ghanem
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Oct 05, 2017
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