Solar Seawater Distiller Turns Salt Water into Drinking Water Using Only Sunlight

October 8, 2013   |   Nick Bernabe

Nick Bernabe

solardistiller(ANTIMEDIAA genius yet very simple way to produce healthy, bacteria-free water.

Italian designer Gabriele Diamanti (@GabDiamanti) has invented Eliodomestico, an eco-distiller running on solar power, to provide safe drinking-water for people in developing countries: a very simple way to produce healthy, bacteria-free water. Eliodomestico is an open source project.

This ingenious distiller was the winner at Core77 Design Award 2012 – social impact category and finalist at the Prix Émile Hermès 2011 competition. For more info and to donate to this project, click here.

Watch the video posted below to see how it works.

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Nick Bernabe founded Anti-Media in May of 2012. His topics of interest include civil liberties, the drug war, economic justice, foreign policy, geopolitics, government corruption, the police state, politics, propaganda, and social justice. He currently resides in Chula Vista, California, where he was born and raised.

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  1. thank you! its up to us. to help each other bc our bought govts wont help us, find solutions to problems

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  2. It seems to me that we could also use solar de-humidifiers to produce fresh water right out of "thin air."

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  3. Where could I donate to get this idea available to those who need it?

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  4. Making fresh water from salt water is great, practical and needed throughout the world, why aren't we developing this system on a grand scale? Solar energy is cheap and plentiful. Just like burning hydrogen from water to run your car with a by product of oxygen these systems can help save our dying planet.

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  5. I did that hydrogen thing with my car. Its alot of trouble for a very little gain. If not done precisely you will tend to burn more batteries up than the small gain is worth. We built several hydrogen systems and installed into numerous of our vehicles. The end result was underwhelming.

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  6. Perry Evard Hvegholm So continue with pollution? Continue fracking? Your comment is more hysterical than the optimism of wanting to change for the better. I am assuming you don't believe in global warming.

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  7. not able to get it. Also not able to download the design / plan how to make it.
    I emailed three weeks ago with the designer and don't get any respons.
    When is this being brought out?
    Another 'hipster designer' project without any outcome / result?

    nothing yet

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  8. haha! excellent!
    it seems we don't see this designDistiller anywhere soon so this is a better alternative

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  9. Perry Evard Hvegholm Our planet is not dying – that is correct – however, fossil fuel burning is changing our atmosphere and lowering the oxygen content, we have turned so much wilderness into agricultural land that species are dying out, and 1 in 10 major rivers which used to reach the ocean now run dry at certain times of the year, causing people (and other forms of life) to go without water in certain areas. Couple this with the fact we are now starting to frack in a desperate bid to feed our lust of consumption. Fracking is proving to be dangerous and when it goes wrong, damages the environment beyond repair.

    We do need to change our ways in order for humanity to survive, not for the planet to survive, it has been through worse than us

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  10. Awesome! This needs to be funded and distributed into needed areas of the world…

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  11. Albert, it is being done at a greater scale, but there are limitations. At present, it is not scalable to the size needed for water utilities. See Water FX for some interesting applications. http://waterfx.co/

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  12. Perry Evard Hvegholm the planet isnt dying?

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  13. It will not be made available. The elites want to control the water supply.

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  14. WAKE UP!! The planet IS dying!!!! The oceans are overfished, oil companies are contaminating, solid and water at alarming rates. Every year more species go extinct. Humans are killing the planet.

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  15. Perry Evard Hvegholm It is man, it's fully ignorant of the world we live in to say it's not.

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  16. Especially in countries with high humidity.

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  17. Perry Evard Hvegholm sometimes it's easier to stick your head in the sand, check out the declining biodiversity, melting glaciers, water shortages in California, declining nutrient levels in crops. Do a bit of research before you make stupid broad-ranging statements yourself.. or don't and remain blissfully ignorant it's up to you.

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  18. Perry, are you a Ted Nugent wanna be? 'Cause that's what I'm sensing here. What's your area of expertise, that you feel qualified to say, "Our planet isn't dying"? Considering how quickly we've decimated the forests of the Earth, and the oceans. Considering we're in the beginning of a planetary "Extinction Level Event", for which the ongoing triple meltdowns and China syndrome at FUKUSHIMA, is a major catalyst and contributor….YES, WE ARE KILLING LIFE ON OUR EARTH. Pull your head out of the sand and be a man.

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  19. Alexander Graham Bell invented a solar still in the early 1900s that did the same thing – salt water into fresh water using the sun. A simple box – with a slanted glass lid – in which a pan of salt water sits. The water evaporates in the sun, the condensation collects on the slanted glass and runs down the glass into a tube which empties into a bottle under the box. The salt stays behind. There are all kinds of DIY Solar Still plans online – most much simpler and less expensive than this one. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_still

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  20. The good news is "waterleau.co.uk" has come up with "Restorative Solutions" to a positive climate change-back, effecting climate change in a positive way through application of massive water recovery, generation & reforestation technology by producing inexhaustible forever supply of water for sustainable livelihood and socioeconomic development so as to improve environmental health and well-being. Technology based on applied simplicity that will provide "forever" supply of water to developing countries worldwide. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLJh03Lecsw&feature=youtu.be

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  21. Jason Yost Do you mean anthropogenic catastrophic global warming? No. Don't believe it. But ordinary, natural Global Warming, yes. And Global Warming, when it happens is a good thing. The Holocene is dangerously overdue to end. Try growing crops in the snow when it suddenly does end.

    But CO2 is not and never has been a pollutant. Get rid of pollution, but increase CO2. Plants are starting to thrive from modern increases.

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  22. In Perú,the University,built one in a structure the size of a Billboard. It provides water to a largue community that had no running potable water!

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  23. This is something that Californians may want to look into on a larger scale. Whenever they stop living in denial that is.

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  24. Here is another Italian invention. http://www.wired.com/2014/03/warka-water-africa/ I like this one even more. It uses condensation in the air. Temperature differences usually between day/night cycles provide clean drinking water. A 20 foot tower can collect up to 26 gallons of water a day. No electricity needed and it is low maintenance. A project is on the way in Ethiopia and some company may introduce it in India too.

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  25. Aaron Baltosser Good point…also great pic :-)

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  26. Check the radiation in sea water in California. The isotopes can not be removed under desalinization.

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  27. I like that it is open source and I think it is a great idea.

    It says no maintenance, so it does raise the question of where the salt goes, because as we know salt tends to cake and with a screw top…?

    It also raises the question whether the collection pot at the bottom can actually hold 5 liitres and whether it can be removed any time without it being full, which then raises the question of pressure on refilling it? Hot water shooting up when you open it because of pressure?

    Clearly would need to be bigger for a family, and if you knew how much time it actually takes to distill then you could perhaps prepare more?

    Without getting too technical because obviously…developing countries don't know what a pressure gauge is :p or if you want to go with a floating piece of cork for example to measure the pressure.

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  28. Where can I purchase one?

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  29. [ # ! #WARNING:

    # IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO NOT LET 'ANY@NE TO BUY THE PATENT OR ELSE…
    # PLEASE #OPENSOURCE THE INVENTION, the way everyb@dy in need can work with -AND BENEFIT FROM- the device…
    # If not MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN NEED WILL BE DEPRIVED OF ANOTHER HUMANKIND ADVANCE because the whim of any GREEDY COMPANY… once more…

    -+<☮
    ✌☺ ]

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  30. I made something like that 52 years ago for a Junior High project. It worked … but took a while to yield a few spoonfuls.

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  31. Jack Compton Yeah. Right. Radiation. What did you find, on which goof site at the Univeristy of the Internet? Sheesh.

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  32. Jack Compton, a) what radiation? and b) this is a distiller, which should give you almost pure H2O. There's more risk from radon in your cellar than from this water.

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  33. A very good idea which needs some refinement and can be much helpful in places of drinking water shortage, especially in the developing countries.

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