Beer + Sunshine = Hot Water

Posted on June 8, 2007

A Chinese farmer has made his own solar-powered water heater out of beer bottles and hosepipes.

“I invented this for my mother. I wanted her to shower comfortably,” says Ma Yanjun, of Qiqiao village, Shaanxi province.

Ma’s invention features 66 beer bottles attached to a board. The bottles are connected to each other so that water flows through them.

Beer + Sunshine = Hot Water picture

Sunlight heats the water as is passes slowly through the bottles before flowing into the bathroom as hot water, reports China Economy Network.

Ma says it provides enough hot water for all three members of his family to have a shower every day.

And more than 10 families in the village have already followed suit and installed their own versions of Ma’s invention.

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Sue in Texas USA

What a wonderful idea and a great place to have global discussion with "neighbors" from all parts of the world. I think maybe we have some kids making fast silly comments that don't reflect true American values. This idea is the heart and soul of what we call "American ingenuity"; we need a contest for a more global term. Wouldn't it be great to use this little powerful idea and this little discussion board as a way to spread hot showers to everyone, get some talent to write up simple plans for those challenged by the "how-to" of it. Maybe someone could even offer ideas on insulation for the winter. We could change the tone of the discussion, the world, and ourselves.

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anonymous
anonymous

hi peplz how r u hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha lol

anonymous
anonymous

Astonishingly enough, the guy's idea sounds like it's exactly the same principle that more expensive solar water heaters from corporations use. Now tell me again why, still, not everyone in the civilized world uses this awesome technology?

Christine
Christine

You can also do this with black PVC piping. We had a shower that was heated this way pretty far up north in Canada. The black helps because it absorbs heat more than green and it can heat water even when it is cold outside.

awaragard
awaragard

well, there has to be some sort of catch here. what if its not sunny during winter? and what if you need the shower in the afternoon? if this mechanism addresses the above 2 questions, its worth it, else not.

simple
simple

hahaha this is really funny and weird...

Sussane
Sussane

i don't belive this could be done...wow . amazing guy.

Rajj
Rajj

This guy should be working for NASA, wow gr8 discovery and utilisation of waste... Amazing..

Steve
Steve

A do it yourself solar water heater is very difficult to do right. Professionally manufactured and installed systems can be pricey, but in the long run, they’re less expensive than electric or gas water heaters. And you have the peace of mind of a long warranty. Austin solar water heater

Don
Don

Make 2 holes in the cap a long tube to the bottom and a short from the top Bottle to bottle laying on a black surface.

Melissa Yap
Melissa Yap

This is a brilliant and cost effective idea!

Ultisolar
Ultisolar

I am a Chinese and I am dealing with quality solar water heater. I am also a son of a farmer who can hardly earn more than one dollar a day. I know the situation better than you all, In Ma's province, there does have winter about three months, and then the ingenous device can not work. This is the truth, but another truth is in Summer, it is pretty useful for a man who sweat in the day. He can enjoy a hot shower in the night, this is a wonderful thing.

CHARLES FOX
CHARLES FOX

THE POINT IS HE IS PUTTING IN HIS PART TO BE GREEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

arbiter
arbiter

"I would hate to hear that he and his family got infected with Legionella!" Not true. The Sun is the best disinfectant in the world. In fact, his showering system is much, much safer than the one we have in US - water with fluoride and chloryd is much more dangerous, and it is NOT ADVISABLE to take a shower in it. So, good job Ma! If only big corporations let us, we could make world a good place, all people together. But, how will evil bankers make money of of us living independently from the grid? They will rather make wars than let us be independent from them.

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I admire this initiative much but I would hate to hear that he and his family got infected with Legionella! Especially showering with Legionella infected water is a very hazardous procedure as small infected water droplets will be entering deep into the lungs. The temperature of the water should at least have reached 65°C shortly before use. If this is not possible the system should be emptied completely everyday as Legionella will develop in stagnant water.

Mystikan
Mystikan

Very resourceful, and a fine example of lateral thinking. What a pity we in our wasteful pride never bother to think of doing these things. It's something a handyman can knock together in a few weekends, and if everyone did it there would be a significant reduction in carbon emissions, simply by reducing the power required to heat water from cold. We dutifully recycle our waste and delude ourselves into thinking we've done our bit, instead of proactively thinking of ways to do more. Some of the comments on here made me sick. Those who see fit to mock Mr. Ma and his efforts would do well to remember that when our civilisation collapses under its own greed and arrogance, it is those like Mr. Ma who will survive the holocaust.

MC
MC

Seriously. What's wrong with you people? You mock a Chinese farmer for making a soar-powered water heater out of bottles? I don't think you've ever made a damn thing in your sickeningly privileged life. So get off your fat American asses and do something positive for once instead of criticising everyone around you.

Mike
Mike

I used to fear that the Chinese were going to supercede the United States and take over the world. After reading some of these rude comments, I find myself almost wishing that they would. If Americans had the same initiative and spirit as this Chinese farmer, we could change the world for the better. I'm saving my Guinness bottles.

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Remember the guy that built whole house out of empties? He could top it off with this system. I was trying to look closer at photos. looks like they have liquid in them and I can only see top row as having connections. I was wondering if bottom bottles just conduct heat up (through conduction and convection to bottom of glass? Better if the liquid went though all though...ironically if heat rises and water seeks own level then each bottle has liquid at angle and shape where liquid and heat is concentrated at point and top of bottle where it can move and cascade on up. I was just wondering how to do it cheap and efficient and of course so that the zoning board will smile? Wine bottles I guess.

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Frozen Butter

Laugh...yet he IS reducing his dependence our our oil - fair and square. Are those Heinneys? You, and not someone else, haven't lived until you boil 3 gallons of water in a lobster pan to put in camping shower bag for home shower just so you can not fit in society anyways. Have a moist towellette day.

Sirius
Sirius

Hi all Here is a follow-up I got from one of my co-workers here in China: Solar heating is popular in China, but is very expensive - especially for rural people who earn less than a dollar a day. For most of these people, hot water is a dream. In winter when the temperature drops below freezing, many rural people have to make do with boiling water in a pot. Mr. Ma knew the basics of solar heating because he had probably seen the units before and had probably also heard about it in primary school. He decided to make a cheap, easy-to-make version of a solar heater to heat his water. Basically he adopted something expensive and advanced and scaled it down to his experience and budget. It is all about making our lives a little easier. Many privileged people forget that many people battle each day for things they take for granted.

Norbit
Norbit

Perhaps boil water for tea??

norns
norns

maybe i am missing something but where does the water come from? if this guy is in a rural village is he getting the water from a well nearby?

Chewi
Chewi

"Black background under the bottles would produce even more heat. " Actually black background would absorb more heat. White or metallic background would be better to reflect heat back in to the bottles.

draco
draco

Nice work, pratical and cheep, possible in low economy. And to use, not to talk about. My best admiration and greetings.

Mitch
Mitch

I don't understand how the bottles are connected together. Glass isn't easy to drill and I've never seen a plastic beer bottle.

dinr
dinr

Brilliant. Cheap, eco-friendly & his mum would probably let him & the family in the house for another 20 years. I'd imagine a lot of those WOW kids would start saving their beer bottles and making plans for their DIY water heater before selling them off ebay.

Rolf
Rolf

Ingenious indeed. I am frankly appalled by some of those racist/egoism comments. Have you ever built one? Shut up if you didn't. I wouldn't mind having some, especially with high electricity price.

Issi
Issi

I don't think this guy built this to get famous or get himself in the papers. He just wanted to make something for his family that would save some money. Kudos to him for working with what he had to make his family a bit more comfortable. The newspapers made him out to be unique and "creative" and the readers are blaming him for the attention he has received. Anyone can build this and maybe people should build it for some poor people that cannot afford hot water. I have seen plenty of down and out folks in the US that may be able to do this.

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Eliena Andrews

that's really amazing + high common sense. what a wonder for cheap hot water... Nice post, thanks

Motorcycle Guy
Motorcycle Guy

this really isn't that genius haha, i bet in a year you'd wouldn't want the water coming out of it to touch you.

tihihi...
tihihi...

Gee, plans! i'm sure we can download the .dxf-files from Ma's ftp-server.

Mandy
Mandy

That's so sweet. All for his mother. :)

MakeADifference
MakeADifference

If it's not sunny in the winter, he is no worse off than if he did not have the water heater and he's still better off having it the majority of the time. What does afternoon have to do with anything? It is most likely better in the afternoon as the water has had all day to warm whereas in the morning it has not been sunny as long. It is also not likely that he has the luxury of taking showers at off times. He works all day. Only in this country do we take multiple showers daily and not worry about the waste of resources. And only in this country do we fail to see that if we were to use alternate energy half the time then we are much better off than not ever using it.

norns
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i think they are all connected through hoses and stoppers i think the hydrostatic pressure helps it move along

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Yes, hence brown glass BEER bottles, place in a box with reflective foil at back, cover with double glazed clear glass, insulate back and sides. When servicing lift lid and allow to cool before sticking your hand in, even on a dull day. Water input tube to the bottom of each bottle, exit from the top, first bottle at the bottom of rack, last at the top, heat rises.

GaryPick
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@nobbywebfoot 

I use to use a coil of black poly pipe to heat water and it was very effective, though only while the sun was shining on it. It can be improved by adding a hot water storage tank which will keep the water hot for 2 or 3 days.