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Hydro (Water) Solutions

Solutions to environmentally (incl. cultural, industrial, natural disaster) caused water problems

Solar water distillers are a sustainable source of water purification using only the sun -- removes ALL
rust, sand, sediments, bacteria, micro-organisms, chlorine, arsenic, fluoride, etc.

 

HOW TO MAKE A SOLAR WATER DISTILLER
covered in Sharon Cornet's Book! (scroll down)

See our Gallery page! (sustainable development and other projects - also see my Bio below)


LEARN HOW TO MAK A SOLAR WATER DISTILLER IN SHARON'S NEW BOOK!

Passive Solar Energy House Projects: A How-To Guide

by Sharon L Cornet

A practical beginners guide to passive solar energy concepts, complete with pictures and diagrams.

Learn about solar and wind energy; build a solar oven to cook with the sun; make your home tornado and hurricane resistant; purify water using a solar distiller; design a passive solar house; and cool your home with earthtubes!

IN THIS BOOK:

HOW TO DISCOVER IF SOLAR OR WIND POWER IS BEST FOR YOU:
Solar and Wind Energy - A Primer for Beginners. Compare and contrast solar and wind energy. Covers application, purchasing, regional wind and solar charts, installation, practical use, plus appliance wattage chart and load calculation sheets.

HOW TO MAKE A SOLAR OVEN:
Step by Step Instructions - Cook your food using the sun! Covers BOX cookers, PANEL cookers, PARABOLIC cookers, "Pizza-box" cookers, "Pringles-can" cookers, the simple Bernard cooker, etc. WITH PICTURES! Also includes details on thermometers, swivel pivots, sun timers (timing dowel) for easier cooking, recipes, tips for cooking, what kind of pots/pans to use and avoid, and more! For the cost of a few dollars you can make your own solar oven to COOK ANYTHING YOU CAN COOK IN A REGULAR OVEN. All with no burning, no scorching, and no gas or electricity needed.

HOW TO MAKE A SOLAR WATER DISTILLER:
A solar distiller is basically a simple, waterproof, oblong “box” that uses the sun’s energy to distill the water (even contaminated water that contains raw sewage) with a piece of glass on top that the sun shines through. The distilled water is then rendered safe for drinking and cooking, with absolutely no contaminants that are found in regular (potable) water.

HOW TO MAKE A TORNADO AND HURRICANE RESISTANT HOME:
A Guide for Owner-Builders and Contractors. Proven techniques that only cost a few hundred dollars to do! Tornado-proof or hurricane-proof your own home, or the homes you build for others. Surveys done by a college teacher found that three things existed in ALL the homes that survived such severe storms. Learn what they are, and how to do it inside this booklet! Also learn how to make an “In-the-house” storm shelter!

HOW TO DESIGN A PASSIVE SOLAR HOUSE:
Heat up to 60% of your home with only the sun's energy! Covers what a passive solar house is, thermal mass, solar orientation, how to find solar south, glass-to-mass ratios, determining overhangs, Q & A facts, glazing, energy efficiency, and all for only $1-$2/sq ft. Also learn about how the sun was utilized in past and present cultures around the world, and how these simple techniques and concepts that our ancestors knew are still important to us today.

HOW TO MAKE COOLING AND HEAT TEMPERING EARTHTUBES:
Cool your house without Air Conditioning! For the cost of a few hundred dollars you can cool your house naturally and efficiently using no electricity or pumps, fans, or moving parts. Completely passive, these earthtubes also provide pre-tempered air to feed any fireplace, woodstove, or other heater that uses combustible air during winter.


BUY! Passive Solar Energy House Projects: A How-To Guide
Hard copy $15.00 / Electronic $9.99 (Kindle)

We no longer sell solar water distillers, however you can click on the links below to purchase them directly from the websites/companies:

Solaqua Solar still produces 1 1/2 gal/day for 1-2 people per still (no electricity, on-site, no running water necessary)

Suns-River stills produce 4x the amount of water than a passive still using the sun and an electric pump - these are excellent for communities

Flo-Onics Stills produce 100 gal/day to 250,000 gal/day for communities/groups/towns

For solar water distiller construction plans you can obtain them through the El Paso Solar Energy Association or www.solaqua.com

Sharon Cornet's BIO:

Sharon Cornet graduated with her BA in Social Science, with (applied/cultural) Anthropology specialization in March, 2010.  She is a mother of three, and has a background in working with environmental and sustainable technologies and issues, including solar energy, solar water distillation projects, working with non-profits and community organizing/development, and research and writing.  Her past experience includes positions such as Project Manager with the El Paso Solar Energy Association (EPSEA) 501(c)3 non-profit organization installing over 100 stills (personally) in demographically targeted homes in rural border “colonias” (unincorporated communities lacking infrastructure along the U.S.-Mexico border).  She has also trained assistants in the field for these projects, helped construct solar distillers, and has overseen the completion of three grant-funded projects.   Sharon has been/is involved with EPSEA and other non-profit organizations, such as the Unitarian Universalist Community of El Paso (her home church, where she also has served as the Social Justice Committee Chair), and Border Interfaith as Organizing Assistant (2007-2009), working on general community issues, with special focus on social justice and solving community water problems.  She also has 8 years experience in Office Management, data entry/processing, transcription, writing/editing, webmastering, graphics design, ordering, shipping, and answering phones.  Sharon's organizational skills, time management, typing (65+wpm), written and verbal, and general computer skills are well developed.   

As mentioned above, Sharon has Managed grant projects (2000-2002) with two $10,000 grants from BorderPACT/CONAHEC installing solar stills in Juarez, Mexico and El Paso, Texas.  She also was Project Manager for a $100,000 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant installing stills in southern New Mexico and west Texas over a 2-year period.  Part of her duties included working with community leaders to identify potential still recipients, hosting community meetings, creating handouts and materials, installation of solar water distillers on-site at homes, clinics and women’s centers, instructing still recipients on how to use the stills, upkeep, and provided manuals, follow-up visits, and supplied grantors with mid-term and final reports.  When these projects were completed Sharon followed with her own solar energy business selling solar water distillers, contracting her expertise out, cleaning and revamping old stills in the region, training and teaching workshops on solar distillation construction, and writing How-To solar energy booklets for solar stills. For more information please see Sharon's RESUME.

 

 

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