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DIY solar water distiller

July 02, 2019 — BarryK

Page created June 16, 2019  

This page has DIY plans for a solar water distiller. This will evaporate brackish or salty water and output pure distilled water. It is powered entirely from the sun, and is very simple to construct, using materials that are expected to be safe for drinking, and long-lasting.

EDIT July 02, 2019:
I decided to remove these plans, as not happy with the efficiency. Currently thinking about a new design with potentially higher water output. To read about progress, see my blog;


Solar power

May 19, 2019 — BarryK

Over the years, I have collected a few photovoltaic solar panels of 80W rating or greater, used in camping expeditions, as well as several small panels used for hiking. The prices have been declining, which is good news, and there are now lighter choices, which I appreciate.

The objective of this page is to document the current setup as a "grey nomad", traveling by car, and often staying at remote campsites without 240V AC power. I need to be able to power fridge, TV, computer, lights, etc.

Firstly, the choice of solar panel...

Photovoltaic solar panels


Water desalination

April 15, 2019 — BarryK

Several years ago, I was given a solar water distillation panel. This measures 1.1 by 1.1 metres, and at the time, although I thought it was pretty cool, did not have a use for it, and it got stored in the shed. fast forward to 2019, and I can envisage how it could play a part when camping for extended periods in remote areas. Here is a blog post, showing it assembled:

I have received some PDFs from Martin, the Production & Technical Manager at F-Cubed in Australia.

My panel is the C1000, and is now only manufactured for bulk orders. That means, anyone who wants to buy one right now, will have to choose either the C2000 or C3000. The former is 2 metres long, so could fit on the roof of a vehicle. A sliding tray to hold it, might have to extend out from the roof-rack somewhat.