Chilean renewable energy company Lader Energy has commissioned the first solar project that is able to produce 10 thousand liters of water per month from the humidity in the air.
The system in San Fernando, Chile, is based on hydropanels, which combine solar PV energy with solar thermal energy. The hydropanels can capture the humidity from the air and, following a condensation process, produce water.
US manufacturer Zero Mass Water by Source is supplying the module technology.
“Within the same panel the water is mineralized with calcium and magnesium,” says Andres Vasquez, the director of business development at Lader Energy. “To this technology, we add a system of various water filtration and recirculation processes that are fed by a solar installation.”
Vasquez said the process ensures that a high quality water is produced, thanks to an ultraviolet light disinfection system and an activated carbon filter with coconut fibers.