Zero Mass Water, an American startup based in Arizona has created a water service model that uses special panels to create water from scratch.
Zero Mass Water's solar energy technology makes "off the grid"also the water supply in addition to the energy one. The merit is all of innovative hydro panels capable of producing drinking water. They could help entire communities to create their own sustainable source in areas where water is scarce or dangerous to drink.
First introduced in 2017, Zero Mass Water's hydro-rings use solar energy to extract water from the steam produced. These are panels that do not require electricity or connection to public utility infrastructures. This means they can be installed anywhere in the world for an off-grid and sustainable solution.
Rexi, the little one at home
The company has just unveiled a new residential model called Rexi, which is half the size of a standard water ring. They are optimized to provide a single home, but can also be used in companies and schools. A hydro panel can produce 6 to 10 bottles of drinking water per day, the needs of 3 people. Two hydro panels can be the ideal size to meet the entire water needs of the house. And if we want to combine it with systems that recycle water (such as Hydra loop) we will arrive at an exceptional autonomy.
How do the hydro panels work?
Hydropanels work by absorbing water vapor from the air on a hygroscopic material, which passively condenses this vapor, making it water.
The hygroscopic materials attract only water molecules and not impurities: the water obtained is absolutely drinkable. The innovation earned the company the 2019 Lemelson Award, awarded by the prestigious MIT.
Zero Mass Water: how much do the hydro panels cost?
The first installations of these systems will take place later this summer. A domestic solution is enough on Rexi hydro panels starts from an equivalent of about 2500 euros.