PhotoFlow: collects solar energy and clean drinking water





Despite the fact that the court of the 21st century, some countries are still acute shortages of electricity and clean drinking water. It is not surprising that many companies are trying to develop tools that would solve these problems. One such company is a design NOS, which developed the concept PhotoFlow – a device capable of producing electricity from solar energy and at the same time to produce and store drinking water.

A lot of developing countries located near the equator, has no shortage of sunlight and rainwater. So why not use this feature and do not create a device that could simultaneously collect solar energy and rainwater, and then process them into electricity and drinking water? Around this sense is incorporated in the project PhotoFlow.


PhotoFlow concept involves the use of eight identical triangular photobatteries , which are mounted on a 400-liter water tank of pereboltannogo polypropylene. In the prefabricated form photobatteries area is two square meters and forms an octagon with a slope of 3 degrees inside. This allows rainwater to drain into a filter, and then accumulate in the designated storage of finished drinking water tank. The inner walls of the tank treated with a special coating that does not allow bacteria to wind up in the water and at the same time retains its freshness.


Each photocell battery has a special anti-reflective coating that minimizes the loss of sunlight, and covered with a special nano-films that prevents dirt build up on the solar cells and thereby block the flow of light on them. Moreover, for easy maintenance and cleaning of each panel has a cover.


In the words of the project designers, PhotoFlow solar cells are able to generate about 340 kWh of energy, which can be sent directly to the main supply line.

At the moment, NOS Design is seeking funding for the project and hopes that PhotoFlow interested people from developing countries.
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