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With the rising cost of fuel and the need to find more renewable sources of energy, advanced research is being conducted to discover more efficient ways to go green. Solar energy in a natural solution as the sun is constantly providing abundant energy which powers the world already. Harnessing solar energy does not produce any type of pollution or damage to our planet, and there are numerous ways in which we can utilize this ample resource to power our everyday needs.
Solar water purification is a great example of an efficient green technology, as it replaces a machine which everyone has a need for that would normally use standard electricity. A solar water purifier makes it possible to produce pure drinking water that is healthy for all with a minimum of input.
With the choice of stationary or portable units, it is easy to purify water anywhere without being connected to the grid. Solar powered water purification units can be used as a portable device for personal use, as well as larger, industrial scales to produce clean drinking water for even sizable communities.
A solar water purifier operates using natural energy from the sun which is gathered by solar panels and then converted into serviceable energy. The solar panel must be placed in direct sunlight for optimal efficiently, which makes solar powered water purifiers an ideal solution for outdoor use such as camping.
These solar units are easy to maintain as there are no batteries required, no external electronics and no moving parts. Because they need only water and sunlight to operate, these distillation devices rarely need cleaning. There are many applications of solar water purification, as energy from the sun is used to heat up the water in order to sterilize it. Much like boiling water on a stove to get rid of any contaminants, a solar powered water distiller heats the water up until it is clean enough to drink. It works by heating the water until it evaporates, where it attaches to a piece of plastic held at a slope. All contaminants and other solids are left behind, leaving only pure, clean, drinking water that is ideal for both adults and children.
Portable solar water purifiers can distill and purify liquids from natural fresh-water sources such as lakes and streams as well as salt water sources. Some models use both solar energy as well as batteries so that a charge can be stored, giving you the ability to use your purifier any time, anywhere. These solar-powered units even give off a larger yield than standard water purifiers which use grid-power or other sources of energy.
If you need more charge, these purifiers can be hooked up to a car or other direct-current power source, but can still operate using only the energy from the sun. A portable solar water distiller could save your life during an emergency situation such as a flood or earthquake, as it can transform even the dirtiest water into healthy, pure drinking water. It can also be used for camping trips or trips where no clean water is available or even brought along just in case the clean water supply runs out.
The same technology used on portable solar water purifiers can also be applied on a larger scale, making it possible to purify large amounts of water using only the energy from the sun. Most portable solar water purifiers can clean up to 100 gallons of water a day, using only the natural energy given off by the sun. Large-scale purifiers, however, are able to clean up to 1000 gallons of water each day, and can provide clean water from sources including lakes, streams. Like portable purifiers, they can also use a secondary source of energy like a generator, but mainly rely on the natural energy that the sun has to offer.
Communities all over the planet are creating their own, homemade solar water distillation devices, in order to provide clean drinking water for their families and neighbors. Because there are still areas that do not have direct access to clean water lines, they must find methods to transform their water from natural, and possibly polluted sources into water that will be healthy for their entire family.
Everyone needs access to clean water in order to maintain a healthy life. Knowing that the sun will shine on every inch of the globe at one point or another, we can now empower ourselves to utilize the sun’s bountiful energy to persevere.