Discover SOURCE Water, a renewable, clean drinking water solution made possible by the power of Hydropanels
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Thanks for sharing! (I've gotta add this water Need to the Unmet Needs section...I think that's where Jeremy said I should add it, if I remember correctly... Months ago I created a "company" here on PlatformOS with the name "Theme: Climate Change Adaptation & Mitigation Strategies" to represent the theme for these kinds of related needs but I don't think Jeremy had built out actual themes just yet. Now, this week actually, we have them for real! Woohoo!)
Soooo, yes. There are companies already producing and selling consumer products made to capture water. I've got to find the other more equitable (less commercialized-for-the-wealthy) products I've seen around the world and share here. Still, this is a theme that I still believe strongly in, adaptation measures (products, services, etc.) to global warming and climate change. Water is one (lack & excess of), access to food is another, as entire peoples will not have access to basic food staples in the very near future (<30yrs). Mass migrations will take place across the world, including here in the US. Some species from the animal kingdom have already begun permanently displacing themselves, moving to new latitudes never seen before, and humans are not that far behind. I could go on with the list of real human needs that I've gathered in my academic research in the topic of Sustainability and Climate Change. I'll add those to the Unmet Needs and hope they capture as much more interest with folx than the shiny new, but already existing solutions.
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cool. if cost effective. what does it cost per liter of water per month?
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expensive upfront - in 2019 a panel cost $2000 plus $500 installation. Single panel can produce 2-5 L daily. It seems that it has a built in solar panel which powers it so in theory the upfront cost is the entire cost.
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I love this idea. If the costs came down, combined with rainwater harvesting, you could do some really interesting things. Do they have an idea of the theoretical cost floor of the tech at scale? Do they think it could follow a solar panel-like cost curve?
Unclear exact numbers but I heard a podcast with the founder a while ago and he seemed optimistic that this could be much more affordable in the near future so yeah probably following solar cost curve.
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