A new ingenious solar-powered skylight has just been developed by a New Zealand designer and this device helps to desalinate salt water. People who reside in the shanty towns of coastal Chile have access to saltwater.
Remember that saltwater isn’t good for drinking because of the amount of salt it contains. Over 100,000 families live in the slum in Chile. In these places, safe drinking water is very scarce, the power supply is unreliable and it comes via an electrified nest of rigged powerlines.
Goglau, a graduate of Royal Danish Academy, needed to provide a solution to this existing problem in his community. He, therefore, looked for a way to address that absence of indoor lighting and lack of access to water by developing an ingenious solar-powered skylight device that can desalinate saltwater.
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I wanted to achieve a design which was sustainable, passive, and created a striking feature inside the dark settlement home.Goglau
This desalination device can remove salt from 440 milliliters of water per day. The leftover brine which comes from the water is then sifted into batteries that can power LED strips at night. This light is often powered by solar during the day.
The ingenious solar-powered skylight is designed in a way that it uses the process of condensation and evaporation to develop lighting patterns on the floor and walls as the photons move via water droplets. This device is being installed in informal homes in Antofagasta. This is new hope for residents of this community.