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Based out of Scottsdale, Arizona, commercial company Source Global, PBC, has developed a new way to deliver renewable, mineralized clean drinking water made from the power of its specifically engineered hydropanels.

In creating the new technology, Source worked with water quality experts to model some of the world's most highly sought water. From there, the company reports that it mineralized its own version of sourced water with essential magnesium and calcium to increase absorption by the body and refined the alkalinity and taste profile to craft a new experience in water.

How It Works

Requiring no pipes, no electricity and no plastic, Source (previously known as Zero Mass Water) has developed a technology it calls a hydropanel. Like a solar panel, the infrastructure tool is entirely self-contained, measuring slightly wider and has a reservoir located at its base.

The technology has also been compared to atmospheric water generators, which have been around for nearly 10 years, but are based on the use of condensation—cooling water vapor to collect water droplets. The problem with AWGs, however, is that the technology consumes a lot of electricity and many only work in places with high air humidity.

Source’s technology can be installed anywhere in the world where there is sunlight and air, as it uses the sun to power the unit and utilizes the process of passive condensation to extract water molecules from the air to generate pure drinking water. According to reports, the solar panels power a fan that draws in air. Once inside the device, the air travels through a sponge-like material that traps the water vapor and where magnesium and calcium is added to improve the water’s taste and provide possible health benefits.

“Anywhere in the world, there’s moisture in the air,” explains Thomas Borns, U.S. Direct Sales Manager at Source Global. “Inside the panel, what we’re doing is taking that thermal energy and that air that contains moisture and effecting a form of passive condensation inside the machine. This condensation occurs on two desiccant wheels in the unit that are hydroscopic, coated in a special membrane. And what that means is that when the moisture condenses on those wheels, it only allows for H2O molecules to pass through them. So right away our unit is working with pure H2O.”

The company reports that it has developed this technology with the hope that it can help water-scarce communities.

Installed Technologies

Already, Source boasts its largest water farm in Dubai, where it currently produces 1.5 million liters of water every year. In the future, the company plans to create a plastic-free bottled water brand and sell it to hotels and resorts, at about the same price as other bottled water brands in the area.

The company has also been noted to have installed its hydropanels around the world, including at hospitals, schools and even work sites that have trouble getting water. More recently, the company has been contacted for installations from countries that wish to cater tourists within isolated landscapes, such as deserts.

“In the Middle East, we've seen a lot of interest in the hospitality sector as big brands look for a more sustainable solution for water to accommodates Millennials, who are looking for demonstrated sustainability,” said Vahid Fotuhi, the company's Vice President for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

In the U.S., Source has also been recently commissioned to install its hydorpanels in 521 homes across Navajo Nation, where an estimated 40% of residents don’t have access to piped water. Additionally, the area has suffered from pervasive uranium contamination caused by mining in the 20th century.

“We have to go all the way to Flagstaff which is 69 miles from here or the other direction to Tuba, 54 to 56 miles from here also,” said Marie Singer Goldtooth, Navajo Native. “And it’s still not really good water because all the uranium mining was in our area.”

Goldtooth has since had four panels installed on her off-the-grid property overlooking the Grand Canyon. Each panel produces the equivalent of up to 10, 16-ounce bottles of pure drinking water every day.

“Source is focused on solving humanity’s greatest problem, drinking water,” said Cody Friesen, Founder and CEO of Source Global, “and by perfecting drinking water wherever we are, we unlock people’s potential.”

To date, the company has installed their panels in 50 countries worldwide.


Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Engineers; Health & Safety; Hydropanel; Latin America; North America; Program/Project Management; Project Management; Technology; Water/Wastewater; Z-Continents

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