The portable Source Hydropanels, created by the Arizona-based renewable water company Zero Mass Water, suck moisture from the air, dehumidifying it to drain the water out before it purifies and add minerals to the water. Integrated fans inside each panel draw air into the Source and hygroscopic material components absorb the water vapor in the air. The solar-powered water makers are being trialled at homes and farms in remote communities.
Panels on a building roof
The hydropanels can create up to five liters of potable water a day. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency is providing around $420,000 in funding to help deploy the first phase of the project, which is about producing 150 solar-powered drinking water system units. “This pilot project can produce reliable drought-resistant water sources to remote communities while simultaneously reducing the number of plastic bottles that end up in a landfill,” ARENA chief executive Ivor Frischknecht said. The pilot phase of the project will also include a third-party study to investigate the environmental impacts of bottled water in Australia. The new system needs no additional infrastructure to operate, nor access to electricity. A single SOURCE array offsets the equivalent of over 70,000 plastic bottles over ten years and wastes zero water. Zero Mass Water uses the slogan „Perfecting Your Water.”