Beer Bottle Solar Heater

Beer Bottle Solar2 300x225Ananova has the story of a Chinese peasant who has made a solar water heater out of used beer bottles:

The beer bottles lie on a board in rows, all connected by hoses which allow cold water to flow through them and be heated by the sun. “I invented this for my mother. I wanted her to shower at any time more comfortably,” says Ma Yanjun, a carpenter, of Qiqiao village, Shaanxi Province. “A real solar water heater is too expensive to me, so I came up with the idea of making one on my own. “I hope this invention can be promoted nationwide, and allow mothers in undeveloped rural areas to have a hot shower.” Ma has now helped more than 20 families in the village to make and install their own beer bottle solar water-heaters. He says he will build a public bathroom for the village using his invention when he has the money to buy enough beers.

So that makes me wonder, is heating water more expensive than beer? I guess if they are going to drink the beer anyways, may as well do something with the bottles I suppose.

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Philip Van der Vossen

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Philip Van der Vossen is the Editor of Gunaxin, a Men's Lifestyle Magazine that was established in 2008. Philip also created and hosts the Trail Trek Tour, a traveling series of off-road events for automotive media.

Additionally, Philip has served as Rally Director for the Washington Automotive Press Association, Speaker at IMPAcon and Blogs with Balls, Chairman of the Relay For Life of North Anne Arundel County, Examiner Team Leader for the Maryland Performance Excellence Awards, and Credentialed Founder of Capitals Outsider.
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