Did you know that over 2 billion people don’t have access to clean water?
If you live in an area where clean water is readily available, you take it for granted. After all, you’ve probably never had to search for drinkable water. You just turn on a faucet, open up a bottle or get it out of your fridge.
But in other countries, people have to sometimes search all day to find a source of clean water. And the mortality rate among children who lack clean water is very high. One in five children die due to a lack of clean drinking water.
It was facts like these that inspired the creation of the Tenkiv Nexus. Tenkiv’s purpose is to make water accessible to people in water-poor areas without having to rely on a lot of technology and energy. In doing this, they have solved two of the world’s biggest problems at the same time.
How Does It Work?
Basically, the Nexus takes solar energy and uses it to purify water.
Solar energy is free, but the technology to harness it is not. Granted, solar technology has come a long way since it was first used as a source of energy, but the Nexus harnesses it in a very unique way. It can produce solar energy at 1/13th the cost of modern solar panels, and ⅕ the cost of fossil fuels. That means if it costs you $100 to energize your home using a modern solar panel, the Nexus will do it for around $7.60.
Why does it cost so little? Because it’s mostly made out of glass and steel. Both of these are inexpensive resources, cutting down significantly on the costs of production.
Pretty neat, right?
But wait. There’s more.
The process used is pretty simple: it gathers light from the sun and uses it as energy. It can be used to purify water, create electricity or heat things up. There’s a lot of different uses for the Nexus, but right now the creators are just working on one: getting clean water to people who need it.
It even works in cold environments. The way the panel is made prevents heat from escaping. And it doesn’t just gather light from the sun. It can also gather and store power from other sources of light.
If you want the technical details of how it works, you can read about it here. There’s also a more advanced technical briefing at the bottom of that page.
Solving the Water and Energy Crisis
One of the biggest problems with purifying water is how much energy it takes to do it. It requires an almost ridiculous amount of energy. Think about your nearest water purification plant. How much power do you think they use?
Building water purification plants are expensive. Many developing nations can’t afford it. That’s why the Nexus is so innovative. It requires so little power to run and it’s inexpensive to produce. That makes it ideal for the areas that it’s trying to help out.
It’s also important for the entire planet. We have a shortage of a lot of resources, and problems that are sometimes bigger than what we can handle. This technology won’t strain the world’s resources or finances. It’s amazing.
Tenkiv is working with several nonprofit organizations to get their technology to areas across Africa and Asia.
Let’s hope they reach their goal.