A New Inventor
Jonathan Liow, Solarball Designer
Could this Solarball solve the world’s access to safe drinking water? Here’s why there’s so much buzz about it...
It’s simple, sustainable, durable, affordable, portable and more efficient than other products available.…and that makes it a standout product as a water-purification device in developing countries.
Industrial Design student, Jonathan Liow, created the innovative Solarball as his final graduate project at Monash University. “After visiting Cambodia in 2008, and seeing the immense lack of everyday products we take for granted, I was inspired to use my design skills to help others.”
The Solarball produces up to three litres of clean water every day (enough for one adult), using its 360 degree spherical shape to harness the power of the sun. As evaporation occurs it generates drinkable condensation that is collected and stored. The Solarball is a fully functional design – which means every detail has been considered and addressed. For example, the Solarball has a slight tilt to ensure that water flows to one point where it can be easily dispersed. Even the colors and symbols used are those understood by people from all backgrounds and cultures.
Reportedly, 900 million people around the world don’t have access to safe drinking water which results in nearly 80% of the sickness and disease in developing areas. For so many people in need, the Solarball brings great hope.
The Solarball has been named a finalist in the 2011 Australian Design Awards, exhibited at the Milan International Design Fair and Mr. Liow has been featured on ABC’s “The New Inventors”