American startup technology is already tested in more than 50 countries around the planet
With climate change, drinking water is becoming increasingly valuable and disputed by countries. According to UNICEF data, one in three people in planet does not have access to potable water. Furthermore, data reveal that half of the world's population will live in water-scarce areas in the coming years.
Technology invented in 2014 could save the planet
Source Global, a US-based company, is working on a technology that can extract drinking water from the air and sunlight. In addition, the equipment is capable of doing all this in isolated regions of the planet and without energy. electric.
How does technology work? Source Global produces hydro panels that use solar energy to condense drinking water that is completely clean and free of pollutants. Basically, it is a system that is very similar to a common solar energy panel, however, instead of producing energy, it is capable of producing drinking water.
The system has common solar panels that capture energy and operate the device without the need for an external power source. The energy is used to turn fans that are in the panels. Fans suck in ambient air and throw it onto an absorbent material that captures water. The water vapor is trapped and then extracted and collected.
The equipment still has minerals that make the water drinkable and ready to be used. The company has installed around 450 panels in 52 countries around the world.
Thomas Borns, Sales Manager for Source Global in the United States, explained how the panel technology for the production of drinking water works.
"What we do inside our machine is to cause passive condensation and use efficient means to collect the water. The Hydropanel consists of a traditional solar panel that powers the entire system. Flanking this on either side are these two black or dark rectangles that we call solar thermal panels that absorb as much heat energy as possible.”.
The system managed to draw attention to Bill Gates, one of the richest men in the world. Through Breakthrough Energy, the American billionaire's company, US$ 150 million was invested in the startup.