Solar distillers work by mimicking earths natural water cycle: The sun warms the water, the water evaporates (forms clouds) and condenses (makes rain) when it meets a cooler surface. Some people believe water from a solar distiller is purer than boiled water. Florida Solar Energy Center principle research scientist W.R. McCluney, Ph.D., says vigorous boiling "can force unwanted residue into the distillate (distilled water), defeating purification."

Using this topic as a research based project our students are tasked with designing a ring that will yield the most water. 

3d printed rind prototype from BGHS student.

3d printed rind prototype from BGHS student.

Prototype assembled in 2 liter bottle. 

Prototype assembled in 2 liter bottle.