With the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicting severe drought in Africa in the coming decades, Arizona-based water production firm, SOURCE, looks forward to meeting water-related challenges in Ghana’s rural communities and schools.
Source Hydropanel is an autonomous solar system that can collect up to 10 liters of potable water per day from the air.
By harvesting water vapor from the air and condensing it into liquid, atmospheric water generators essentially extract water from the air.
The SOURCE Hydropanel is a technology that incorporates multiple patented inventions, making it one-of-a-kind renewable water technology that uses the power of the sun to extract clean, pollutant-free drinking water from the air.
Chief Revenue Officer at SOURCE Global, Robert Bartrop in a zoom interview told JoyNews’ Mahmud Mohammed-Nurudeen that the firm is purpose-driven to partner with the government of Ghana in providing an independent source of drinking water for schools and rural communities.
“Ghana would be a great opportunity for us giving the number of challenges there with drinking water in the remote parts of the country.”
Robert says they are looking for people in Ghana who want to resolve water challenge adding that, the government can approach them to facilitate the introduction of the technology into the country.
“They can approach us so that we can invest in the water infrastructure so we allow the end users to pay for it.”
SOURCE water averages $.15 per liter, while the average price of bottled water across the world is more than $.50 per liter.
Although water provided by existing centralized infrastructure may be cheaper, it is not always suitable for consumption.
Source has more than 100 patents, and operates in 52 countries.
Source needs no infrastructure or electricity, and it is resistant to storms, flooding and can produce safe, clean water in the driest places on earth.
The collected water is mineralized for ideal composition and taste, making top quality drinking water a readily accessible resource.
The hydropanel is able to produce between 3 ℓ and 5 ℓ a day of water.
Solar energy powers the panel completely off-grid.
Fans draw in ambient air and push it through a hygroscopic, or water-absorbing material, that traps water vapor from the air.
The water vapor is extracted and condenses passively into liquid which is collected in a reservoir.
Minerals are added to make perfectly drinkable water.
The reservoir storage component in the hydropanel’s design can store up 30 ℓ of water.
The SOURCE Hydropanel is designed and tested to produce high quality potable water.
SOURCE water meets the primary drinking water standards established by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the World Health Organization drinking water guidelines
Hydropanels are designed to protect water quality across five stages.
First, an integral air filter prevents particles and debris from entering the Hydropanel.
In the second stage, SOURCE only attracts water molecules from the water vapor, leaving everything in the air behind.
The conversion process takes place in the third stage inside the Hydropanel which raises the dew point to drive condensation specifically for water.
Water stored in the reservoir is protected by an integrated sterilization system.
It keeps the environment inside the reservoir clean and water quality pristine.
A polishing cartridge will now ensure no variation in quality between the reservoir and the tap.
SOURCE technology is optimized for a wide range of conditions and can even produce water under low to moderate sun and humidity.
Over its 15-year lifespan, a single SOURCE Hydropanel eliminates the need for 54,000 single-use plastic water bottles.
From single-family households to entire communities, SOURCE installations can be configured to meet any volume demand.
Robert says, the technology introduced in Ghana will solve water challenges in schools and rural communities.
Source Global’s Founder and CEO, Cody Freisen has dedicated his career to inventing technology that addresses the world’s biggest challenges.
His first venture, Fluidic Energy, created an advanced battery technology that powers remote grids worldwide.
While traveling the world with the company, he was struck by the massive impact access to clean, safe water has on not just health, but economic opportunity and social equity.
He therefore asked himself how they could make water the most vital and constrained resource on the planet renewable.
The answer to those questions is the SOURCE Hydropanel, which Cody created in his lab at Arizona State University.
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