How About Getting Pure Water And Electricity From This New Solar Panel Device?

Researchers from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia have invented a device that can produce solar electricity while simultaneously purifying water.

Writing in the journal Nature Communications, Professor Peng Wang explains how the device can distil potable water without compromising electricity generation performance. It does this by using the waste heat from a photovoltaic (PV) panel as energy for the water distillation process – typically, up to 90% of the energy generated is thermal waste.

According to the team, the water production rate of the unit is three times higher than that of a conventional solar still, and the PV panel generates electricity with an efficiency higher than 11%, which is the same as without the water distillation.

The ability to produce electricity from sunlight and purify water at the same time means this is an innovation that its creators say could simultaneously solve two serious problems that third world nations face.

The device offers a way to bring energy and clean water to communities that lack access to utilities, which could be as many as 780 million people worldwide.

The generated clean water can be used to clean the solar panel, irrigate crops and create drinking water. The article says: “The device thus has potential to transform the conventional power plant from a huge water consumer to an electricity-plus clean water co-producer and to make a meaningful contribution to the currently very stressed water-energy nexus.”

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It is amazing how a solar panel device that can generate solar electricity while purifying water. Innovation can always amaze people, new ideas with new businesses to make money.

Now this is what a good solution should be. I understand, that this is business but who says that it can be mix to something as wonderful as giving back? I mean these are renewable and clean energy. Again, make money but all means but be responsible too. I love that.

It is great to create ideas from something already created because it allows us to optimize life, this device is a very sustainable too.

Saudi Arabia is a very sunny place. This innovation therefore takes advantage of the prevailing conditions there.

The innovators scored 100% with this one. They managed to solve two big problems with one product.

I hope other countries learn from Saudi Arabia and do more idea generation on real-world problems like this. It can do wonders for a people.

The Saudi Arabian scientists create ideas that are so practical. We should definitely borrow a leaf from them.

Idea commercialisation for the solar panel water generator combo will be a big success. This is a product many people will find very useful.

If we follow this example innovation in Cornwall will be able to make great strides. I believe that will be the case sooner rather than later.

Does this have any relation to New product development in the UK? I guess there are some valuable lessons to be learnt from it.

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