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Build a small solar trough to make distilled water.

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Posted by duber on November 18, 2007, 2:34 pm

I would like to build a small solar trough suitable for making maybe 10
gallons a day of distilled water.

any ideas.

I have 100's of small mirrors 2" X 2"   that can be used


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Posted by Anthony Matonak on November 18, 2007, 3:14 pm
duber wrote:

Yea, you don't need a solar trough just to distill water.

Check out the EPSEA solar still plans. It's only good for
a couple of gallons a day but you can always built it bigger
or make more than one.


Redrok also has some archived messages on this topic, as it comes
up rather frequently. I would be interested to hear if anyone has
managed to put together a multiple effect solar still.


Posted by duber on November 19, 2007, 11:59 am

Now thats the kind of responce i was looking for, actual science / eng i can
get my teeth into. I think i may scale back to 5 gallons to keep it within
the "small" concept.  scrap 2x2 mirrors and go with reflective film ( whats
it called/)

I am mid florida, so sun shine 10 hours per  / day is average. (does anyone
have  actual figures?)  so if i planned to build something 8 feet long by 6
foot curved I would be in the ball park??

look forward to your responce.

many thanks for your help.

Posted by Solar Flare on November 19, 2007, 2:48 pm
 Mirrors need to be cleaned occasionally to keep them working. Will
foil allow this?

Posted by Ed on January 8, 2008, 12:10 am
 Central Florida... Home of Zepherhills?  Why not drill a well, put in a
roof or attic tank and use a PV pump to get the water to the gravity
tank?    More water than you will ever need.   (Sorry for promoting PV
on the thermal site...)

duber wrote:

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