SunSaluter

Eden Full, Roseicollis Technologies

The SunSaluter is a solar panel rotator that couples energy collection from the sun with water purification. This system utilizes gravity to rotate the solar panels throughout the day, improving energy efficiency by 30% without complicated mechanics. Water from the WaterClock slowly drips through a filter, landing in a clean collection bottle, rotating the solar panel ever so slightly. It should be noted that the SunSaluter is a wooden rotator; the solar panels, battery, and other components need to be purchased separately. The filter being used is expected to be adapted soon, and therefore has not been specified in this product report.

Product description

The SunSaluter is a solar panel rotator that couples energy collection from the sun with water purification. This system utilizes gravity to rotate the solar panels throughout the day, improving energy efficiency by 30% without complicated mechanics. Water from the WaterClock slowly drips through a filter, landing in a clean collection bottle, rotating the solar panel ever so slightly. It should be noted that the SunSaluter is a wooden rotator; the solar panels, battery, and other components need to be purchased separately. The filter being used is expected to be adapted soon, and therefore has not been specified in this product report.

Target region(s)

Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Tanzania, Malawi*, Morocco, Egypt, Mexico, Indonesia, The Philippines, India*, Haiti, the United States, Canada, Australia, and the Netherlands. (Malawi and India are the countries with permanent teams)

Distributors/implementing organizations

RECAPO CBO (Malawi) and DISIME (Mexico). ^Interview ^with ^representative

Market suggested retail price

Price depends on specific product and location. Price ranges from $15 USD for a 40-150W SunSaluter system to approximately $250 for a kilowatt scale model. ^Interview ^with ^representative

Competitive landscape

More high-tech solar-tracking devices are available from companies such as LINAK and DuraTrak.

Target user(s)

Households in rural areas, off the electrical grid, who lack access to a safe water drinking source.

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