Eliodomestico: a solar household still for developing countries

Eliodomestico

Something I saw during the Sunday read — an open source project from designer Gabriele Diamanti that enables desalination anywhere there’s sunlight and saltwater.

The video below explains how it works.

According to figures estimated by the World Health Organization, over a billion people worldwide don’t have access to fresh drinking water. Immediate help can be provided by desalinating and/or sterilising seawater or brackish water before drinking. But desalination plants are energy and maintenance intensive, making their usage in remote areas without connections to power grids impossible.

Advantages of Eliodomestico:

  • No electricity
  • No filters
  • Very easy to maintain
  • Good impact on the local economy
  • No impact on the environment

Eliodomestico

Made from burnt clay and tin metal, the still can be entirely produced by local craftspeople. It creates ten litres of water per day per square metre of surface, with an estimated production cost of $75 USD (much cheaper than the billboard I mentioned back in May).

Eliodomestico

The design was a winner in the social impact category of last year’s Core77 Awards, and it’s in the running for the empowering people. Award, chosen on October 30th. There’s an empowering people community award if you fancy voting (you need to choose three projects for your vote to count, so it’s more than just a click, but there are other top ideas over there).

Gabriele Diamanti is a freelance industrial designer in Milan who studied industrial design at the Politecnico di Milano and UdK Berlin.

Photo credit: Fondation d’enterprise Hermès ©DISKO

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8 comments

  1. Now that’s a worthwhile invention! I hope it really takes off.

  2. This is such a great thing. I wonder what the cost for these would be. Definitely wonderful to see this is an open source project.

  3. I always enjoy these small little ways of helping people out. Revolutionizing how people live with design.

  4. $75 for each one according to the award listing, Josten. Seems like it’d be money very well spent.

  5. So simple and so efficient, bravo!

  6. So positive! In my opinion, $75 is not a lot of money when you consider the impact. Do you think the awards will lead to getting backing for production & distribution David/anyone?

  7. Hi Jamie, I’d never heard of that award, but if nothing else it’ll get more people seeing the idea, and hopefully someone with the backing to move it forward.

  8. Chuck Townsend

    Very interested in this. Where can I find more information about them and where to buy or invest in these in Houston, TX.

    Thanks & best regards,

    Chuck Townsend

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