So­lar water

High-qual­ity drink­ing with green cre­den­tials

Kalamunda Reporter - - News -

Chil­dren in Goose­berry Hill are har­ness­ing drink­ing water from so­lar power in a “real life” sci­ence ex­per­i­ment to make the water from sun­light and air.

CHIL­DREN in Goose­berry Hill are har­ness­ing drink­ing water from so­lar power in a “real life” sci­ence ex­per­i­ment.

Mary’s Mount Pri­mary School is the first school in Aus­tralia to take de­liv­ery of four Source Zero Mass hy­dropan­els to make drink­ing water from sun­light and air.

As­sis­tant Prin­ci­pal Loretta Hack­ner said a par­ent di­rec­tor with the dis­trib­u­tor Wilco Elec­tri­cal ap­proached the school.

“Mary’s Mount is a ‘waste wise’ school and an ac­cred­ited ‘sus­tain­able school’, so it made sense to cap­i­talise on the op­por­tu­nity to source drink­ing water with­out neg­a­tive im­pact on en­ergy us­age and en­vi­ron­men­tal harm,” she said.

Aus­tralian Re­new­able En­ergy Agency (ARENA) pro­vided $420,000 to USbased Zero Mass Water to dis­trib­ute 150 Source drink­ing water sys­tems across 150 sites in Aus­tralia.

Each of the pan­els on the chapel roof pro­duce about five litres of water daily through a chilled water dis­penser in the lunch area.

Year 6 stu­dent Cameron Bid­strup said the water was smooth and fresh.

Ms Hack­ner said the clean re­new­able water tasted sim­i­lar to moun­tain water and was of an ex­cep­tional qual­ity.

“There is a bub­bler and a water bot­tle-fill­ing tap for stu­dents to use at their free will,” she said.

Each hy­dropanel pro­duces enough water to dis­place more than 20,000 plas­tic water bot­tles over 15 years.

The stu­dents will ac­cess a Source app un­der de­vel­op­ment to mon­i­tor water pro­duc­tion on their iPads for sci­ence and math­e­mat­ics classes.

Up­keep of the so­lar units is min­i­mal, with a yearly ser­vice to re­place a $50 car­tridge.

ARENA chief ex­ec­u­tive Ivor Frischknecht said the project demon­strated tech­nol­ogy not seen in Aus­tralia.

“This pi­lot project can pro­duce re­li­able droughtre­sis­tant water sources to re­mote com­mu­ni­ties while si­mul­ta­ne­ously re­duc­ing the amount of plas­tic bot­tles that end up in land­fill,” he said.

Other trial lo­ca­tions in WA in­clude Western Aus­tralia Po­lice Head­quar­ters in East Perth and John Tonkin Col­lege in Man­durah.

For more, visit www.arena.gov.au and ze­ro­mass­wa­ter.com.

Pic­ture: David Baylis d483387

Mary's Mount Pri­mary School Year 6 stu­dents Brook­lyn North, Cameron Bid­strup and Chris­tian Gi­ut­tari quench their thirst from their new water sys­tem.

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