The Middle East faces dire water scarcity and in some places energy comes at a premium too, but we have yet to see simple solutions that address both issues at once – until now. Check out the Photoflow by NOS below.
Eight triangular photovoltaic panels are arranged at a three degree angle in the shape of an octagon.
Covered with a special antireflective film that promotes maximum thermal absorption and reduces the amount of dust collected, the panels also funnel water into the unit’s holding base.
Equipped with a filter and a special lining that protects against the accumulation of harmful bacteria or fungi, the base can hold up to 400 liters of purified drinking water.
Easily placed on rooftops or balconies, the Photoflow can generate energy and capture rainwater in one elegant unit.
Additionally, great care has been taken to ensure that the unit is very easy to clean and maintain, which is also crucial for people who lack the funds for even the most basic of life’s necessities.
NOS, which was founded by Augustin Saiz Otegui, is currently in the process of seeking funding so that they can scale up their design and make it commercially available.
While there is no price tag yet, it seems like the unit would be too pricey for most people living developing countries, but there is the potential for aid organizations or other social enterprises to purchase them in bulk and distribute them in the neediest communities.