MESA, AZ — On a plot of land in Mesa, rows of hydro panels whir as they work to convert sunlight and air into drinking water.
The hydro panels belong to SOURCE Global, an Arizona-based company founded by Arizona State University professor Cody Friesen in 2015.
“Basically, we created a special material that goes in our panels in a lab at ASU and spun that into a solution to try and solve the world’s drinking water crisis,” said Tom Borns with SOURCE Global.
A traditional solar panel powers the entire hydro panel, which measures four feet by eight feet. Two thermal panels flank either side of the machine, creating a warm environment inside the hydro panel.
“They’re taking in as much thermal energy as possible. And essentially what we’re trying to do is make the environment inside the panel as hot as we can,” Borns said.
A fan on the backside of the panel draws in ambient air “laden with moisture,” according to Borns. The cool, moisture-laden air enters the hot machine, where it becomes liquid H20. The technology inside the panel mineralizes the water with calcium and magnesium and adjusts the pH level.
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