Get smart curated videos delivered to your inbox every week.      
The Kid Should See This

Designing solar panel walls that can recycle & heat greywater

What if the walls of your house could recycle the wastewater from your sinks, showers, baths, and washing machine? Architect Maria Paz Gutierrez is working with environmental engineer Slav Hermanowicz and bioengineer Luke Lee to design new technologies that can capture, recycle, and heat household wastewater, a potential improvement in water-stressed areas.

With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the multidisciplinary team is engineering solar panel technology that makes greywater reusable while creating thermal energy in the process. What is now wastewater would be used at least twice, cutting demand, and the free solar energy can be captured as well. The greywater isn’t clean enough to drink, but it’s fine for flushing toilets or washing clothes.

“This is the future of sustainable building systems–synergistic optimization processes that are win-win from the local to the global scales,” explains Paz Gutierrez. “The end user benefits because they’re using less water and paying less for electricity or gas; the community benefits because it has less water to treat; the environment benefits because we’re not going to be contaminating aquafers. That’s the fundamental difference between this design and other building systems.”

Next: Explore wastewater treatment with LeVar Burton & Reading Rainbow and can Namib Desert beetles help us solve our drought problems?

via Phys.org.

🌈 Related videos

Revolution ( Life Cycle of a Drop of Water)

Rion Nakaya

Fish and frogs that live out of water

Rion Nakaya

How to build a huge LEGO house – James May’s Toy Stories

Rion Nakaya

Crow herding with urban falconry in Portland

Rion Nakaya

Animals drinking water, captured by an underwater bucket cam

Rion Nakaya

Why is water one of the weirdest things in the universe?

Rion Nakaya

How Do Tropical Rainforests Make Clouds?

Rion Nakaya

The powder that can turn sludge into clean drinking water

Rion Nakaya

How can nature be used as a tool to restore ecosystems?

Rion Nakaya

Get 7 smart videos delivered every week.

 

Subscribe