Source Hydropanels: Create Clean Water from Air

The Source Hydropanels are off-grid solar panels that create purified water by drawing moisture from the atmosphere.

Updated: November 21, 2023
Jeremiah Zac


As the search for sustainable water sources continues, many ground-breaking innovations have gained the attention of investors, NGOs, and interested individuals from around the world.

The Source Hydropanel is one such invention. By drawing moisture from the humidity in the atmosphere and using sunlight for condensation, these panels can provide enough drinking water in areas where there isn't any.

Key Features of the Source Hydropanel

  • Pulls water from the moisture in the atmosphere
  • Each panel can produce up to 5 Liters per day
  • Water is mineral-rich
  • Completely off-grid and energy independent
  • Relies solely on solar power
  • 15-year life span before servicing is required

Zero Mass Water is a company headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ, specializing in water purification technology. According to CEO Cody Friesen, their primary goal is to make drinking water an unlimited resource, and with the Source Hydropanel, they may have done just that.

Currently, the SOURCE Hydropanel arrays are installed in 16 countries across 5 continents providing clean water for schools, homes, businesses, orphanages, and entire communities.

How Does it Work?

hydropanel diagram / Source

hydropanel diagram / Source

Some atmospheric water generators operate by the same principle but use different technology and require a lot of energy to run. The Source Hydropanels are completely powered by sunlight and operate as a standalone system without needing an electric source.

They have built-in rotating fans that draw in air and trap it in a water-absorbing material. Here, sunlight is used to heat the trapped water, causing it to condense and collect into a reservoir. Calcium and magnesium are then added to the water as it exits through the line and into the drinking system.

The Hydropanels are installed on the roof of a home or building and the water line is connected directly to a faucet or any clean water outlet available. It runs completely autonomously without any maintenance needed, so it remains out of sight while clean water is continuously produced. The panels come with an app that allows the user to monitor the production of water without having to physically check on them.

source hydropanel front view

source hydropanel front view

  • Dimensions: 4’ x 8’ x 3’8” / 1.2 m x 2.4 m x 1.1 m (@45°)
  • Weight: 340 lbs / 154 kg
  • Lifespan: 15 years until service needed
  • Mineralization: Magnesium and Calcium are added for optimal taste
  • Water Pump: 80 PSI
  • Operating Temperature Range: 1 to 55° C / 33 to 131° F
  • Relative Humidity: 10 to 100%
  • Operational Angles: 5° to 45° from horizon
  • Water Production: 2 - 5 Liters / 0.5 - 1.3 Gallons per day

The Source Hydropanel in Action

Source Hydropanels / Ben Sullins / Youtube

Source Hydropanels / Ben Sullins / Youtube

Hydropanels work best in sunny environments. Amazingly, they're able to draw enough water from fairly dry climates. Given that the Hydropanels were invented in Scottsdale, AZ, a mostly desert climate, it is no wonder that the technology has been adapted to work where humidity is low. As long as the relative humidity in the atmosphere is at least 5%, water can be made. Certainly, the higher the humidity and the more sun available, the more efficiently water can be condensed.

With the best conditions, one Hydropanel can produce 5 Liters of water in a day. While each home or business will have its own customized needs, there is a 2-panel standard that is recommended for most installations. This provides enough water for 4-6 people, which is about 20 bottles of water per day. Each installation can be customized per the requirements of the home or business.

For those looking for a sustainable way to produce water in an area where a clean water source isn't readily available, the Source Hydropanels might be the perfect solution.

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Why is the Source Hydropanel Useful?

Water purification devices are abundant. There are many different Reverse Osmosis systems, UV purifiers, Whole House Filters, and Activated Carbon Filters on the market. For anyone who gets their water from a public utility or even a private well, choosing the right filtration system is a matter of knowing what's in the water.

But what if finding a water source is the issue? While supplemental water sources, such as rainwater harvesting and shallow well drilling, can certainly increase the water supply in rural settings, how would one in an extremely arid region find water?

Those living in dry regions of the United States, particularly in the Southwest, are no strangers to drought, depleted groundwater, and lack of rain. What's fascinating is that even in the driest regions, moisture still exists in the air, and with the right equipment and time, water can be drawn for consumption.

Known as atmospheric water generation, some devices can use condensation to draw the moisture in the air and collect it into a basin. What the Source Hydropanels do better is that they utilize the sun as an energy source to purify the water, making it safe to drink.

While 5 liters per day, per panel, might not seem like much, 5 liters is about as much daily drinking water one person needs. If the Hydropanels were used solely for drinking, they could significantly lift the load off other main water sources, conserving overall water usage. Multiple Hydropanels can be linked together to accommodate groups with larger numbers of people.

The Source Hydropanel is a great addition to any off-grid home in an arid setting with few water sources. While one panel can provide just enough drinking water for one person daily, incorporating the panels into the overall water strategy is the best approach.


The Source Hydropanel is an excellent device for producing clean water in environments that lack a water source. Consistent sunlight is necessary for it to work but it can still produce water in relatively low humidity. One Hydropanel can produce up to 5 Liters in a day.

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I'm Jeremiah, the owner of World Water Reserve. I'm a writer and researcher with a particular interest in sustainability and rural living, water scarcity, and innovative water purification methods. I utilize my multimedia and communication experience in the NGO and humanitarian fields to bring light to important topics. My passion is to educate others on the reality of the global water crisis and on ways to sustain themselves and their families in the midst of it.
Jeremiah Zac