The Tenkiv Nexus is an autonomous water sanitation system to aid those without water.
According to the World Health Organisation a human needs five litres of water a day for survival. This number includes drinking water. Another five litres of water is required for basic hygiene to be maintained and for cooking. This number is quite low, but it’s shocking if you consider that in excess of 14 per cent of the world’s population of 7,4 billion people don’t have access to clean water.
With an eye on remedying this problem Tenkiv – a solar tech start-up from California – is developing a modular renewable energy system that can purify up to 2 000 litres of water a day. The system is completely autonomous, making it ideal for communities that have no access to electricity. The community would rely solely on this system for their water needs.
After a previously successful campaign on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter, the company decided to attempt to fund the production of the first batch of water sanitation systems (called Nexus) there as well.
How the Tenkiv Nexus system works:
The Tenkiv Nexus water filtration module can use feed water from any source. River water, ocean water or contaminated waters are all able to be processed using the power that the system produces.
The Tenkiv Nexus is a scalable, modular and clean system. It uses solar thermal collectors in order to capture heat from the sun. The Nexus can then distribute the collected heat only where it is needed. Solar thermal collectors are made from cost-effective materials: steel and glass. Because of the cheap cost and durability, they can be used in virtually any environment.
The heat generated from Tenkiv Nexus is routed to and from a module in order to power different types of systems. The molecule can vary: heating, electricity production, refrigeration, water filtration – anything that requires power can be connected.