Teaching a Village in Egypt How to Make A Solar Water Heater

The challenge for a relatively poor rural population is how to capture that solar energy and put it to use for the everyday person

How to Make A Solar Water Heater ( Solar Thermal Magazine) – Many rural areas in Egypt do not have a connection to an electric grid and only get power for a few hours a day using a diesel or gas generator. These fuels are very expensive and of course very polluting to use. What Egypt does have in abundance is not only sand but sunshine which represents an unending potential supply of clean energy.

The challenge for a relatively poor rural population is how to capture that solar energy and put it to use for the everyday person.

This video chronicles the efforts of one man in teaching students how to make a functioning solar water heater using local materials in the  most inexpensive way.

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If people can be taught how to make cheap solar water heaters they will be able to have access to hot water without using expensive fossil fuels. The team uses sawdust as insulation for the tank and flexible tubing for the collector. Very innovating and inspiring this video highlights what it means to teach a man to fish.

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Enjoy.

About Gordon Smith
Gordon's expertise in the area of industrial energy efficiency and alternative energy. He is an experienced electrical engineer with a Masters degree in Alternative Energy technology. He is the co-founder of several renewable energy media sites including Solar Thermal Magazine.

2 Comments

  • Troy says:

    Does it turn it into drinkable water as well?

    I hope this takes off in the rest of the world.

    More people are waking up to the idea we don’t need to use fossil fuels to create a healthy, efficient, sustainable life.

  • Very good demonstration , innovative and low cost technology, thank you Egypt .
    Its very low cost solar water heater , anybody in India can afford it so that we can support to reduce pollution as well as load on grid. We support our economy by using this solar water heater .

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