The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has announced an Aussie-first trial of a solar powered water producing device that extracts drinking water from the air.

The system uses solar power, plus a small battery to provide constant water harvesting even on cloudy days.

ARENA is providing $420,000 to fund the deployment of 150 solar powered drinking water devices across Australia.

According to Zero Mass Water, a standard two-panel solar array operating at 20°C produces enough water to fill a 12-pack of 500ml bottled water.

Simple solar powered water system can be tailored to fit.

SOURCE differs from other solar water harvesting systems, which usually rely on ambient heat and complicated substrates to draw water from the atmosphere.

The water produced by the solar panels meets Australian drinking water contaminant guidelines.