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JOURNAL OF RESEARCH IN NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT VOLUME 1 NO 2 OCTOBER 2003

WATER PRODUCTION USING LOCALLY DESIGNED SOLAR MACHINE
BY
ENGR. SAM I. IWUOHA (PH.D.)
DEPT. OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
OWERRI, NIGERIA

ABSTRACT
The use of solar energy for the distillation of water for a rural community is discussed. The solar energy is utilized by using a simple solar still, designed and constructed with high proportion of local materials at a reasonable cont. The energy derived using the solar energy to provide the distilled water observed to be cheaper for a comparable energy sources from petroleum and electricity in the test community. The solar still is designed for service life of not less than ten (10) years with low maintenance costs and has an operating efficiency above 50% and a computed yield of about four (4) litres per day.

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