PhotoFlow by NOS design is a new solar power and rainwater harvesting system. As technology grows exponentially, our innovations will become more efficient, beautiful and complex. From transportation to architecture, the way we interact with our world will become a multilayered experience. As we have witnessed with phones and cameras, what once was a one system device will become a complex hybrid. The PhotoFlow is a great example of the new hybrid systems thinking.
According to the NOS website:
“Most of the developing countries are located near the equator, receiving more sunlight and rainfall than most other countries on the planet. Despite this abundance a large number of people living in these countries suffer from a lack of electricity and potable drinking water.
Building upon the designs of some existing rooftop water containers, we have created a simple device to collect both of these precious natural resources to meet the need for both electricity and drinking water.
PhotoFlow is a solar and rainwater collecting system composed of eight identical triangular photovoltaic modules that are mounted on commercial or custom water tanks. When assembling these together they form an octagon with a slight slope of 3 degrees, this allows water to funnel into the central filter. The water path then continues through a hose that directly goes into the water tank.
Each module is equipped with first-generation monocrystalline silicon solar cells covered with an antireflective adhesive which protects the photovoltaic semiconductor and minimizes the loss of light through reflection. The system integrates an N-type and P-type silicon layers. On top of the outer layer of the glass a Nano repellent film is applied to prevent dirt from obstructing light.
Each module has a lid at the end to allow easy access for cleaning, maintenance and part replacement.
The water tank is made of recycled polyethylene through rotational molding with a capacity of 400 liters. The inner layer of the tank is covered with a coating that controls the formation of bacteria and fungi to maintain the quality of potable drinking water.”
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B00BJ8INII” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51xgLFsPDtL._SL160_.jpg” width=”102″]Future cities will serve as energy production areas. Skyscrapers will act as wind turbines, water filtration plants and rainwater collection towers. Floating solar cities will clean the oceans as they move around the world. This hybrid thinking in the design world will allow humanity to get more use out of what was once a single system design.
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