Recycled, sustainable solar-powered water heater

Seen this a few different places now:

A Chinese farmer has made his own solar-powered water heater out of beer bottles and hosepipes.

“I invented this for my mother. I wanted her to shower comfortably,” says Ma Yanjun, of Qiqiao village, Shaanxi province.

Ma’s invention features 66 beer bottles attached to a board. The bottles are connected to each other so that water flows through them.

Sunlight heats the water as it passes slowly through the bottles before flowing into the bathroom as hot water, reports China Economy Network.

Ma says it provides enough hot water for all three members of his family to have a shower every day.

And more than 10 families in the village have already followed suit and installed their own versions of Ma’s invention.

Reblogged from Ananova.

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2 Responses to Recycled, sustainable solar-powered water heater

  1. Rich Kennedy says:

    I couldn’t find the full article on Ananova, but this reminds me of a setup my father created when we lived in the Caribbean with steel oildrums. The intent was to have running water whenever we wanted it instead of whenever the desalination plant could afford to get to parts outside the major population area at the time. The hot water was an added benefit…. almost exclusively in the afternoon and rarely any other time. I was wondering if this system gave hot water in addition to cold 24/7.

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