By: Eugene Wilkie
In the early days of my career in the renewable industry we were constantly in a position of having to engineer, innovate and constructing in the field. I have watched many of these fly by the seat of our pants innovation become main stream in the industry in the last few years. I am impressed at some of the technology that is coming out of academic research and development but some times the greatest innovations come from folks out in the trenches. For years my career was located in out of the way locations in emerging or third world countries where we had little or no access to store bought components if they even existed. We built solar ovens from card board boxes and tin foil. Racking for the solar panels were always built from material available. I actually constructed solar racking one time from drift wood harvested from the beach in the Caribbean. I kept getting sick from water sources so I built a water evaporation unit to have a source of purified water using the windshield of a abandoned car.
When I see innovations like the one below I get a bit nostalgic as I truly believe the mother of all inventions is founded on the bases of necessity. When I viewed this water purification process while simultaneously producing electricity it brought a huge smile to my face. It is a product that could bring a single solution to address a multitude of problems. Bravo! I truly wish this lady Eden Full the best of luck. Great job!
Image: One of the solar projects developed by SunSaluter