Low-tech Solar Water Heating System

Posted by: Fieke Geerts

Modified date: 05/18/2018

Low-tech Solar Water Heating System


Technology field of reference: Cooking, Heating

Relevant sectors: Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Health, Environment

Availability: International

Technology Description

with the aim to reduce deforestation, improve livelihoods and well-being, and to create local employment, we have now successfully developed a new product. Our solar water heating systems are affordable and easy to maintain, and as such more accessible for all Kenyan people. Not only domestically but also at institutions such as schools and hospitals a lot of water is still heated with firewood; this is no longer an appropriate option in the 21st century.

After two years of research and development, we have been able to develop a system which is 100 per cent locally sourced and produced. It can substitute the currently available high-tech imported solar water heating systems and achieves the same outcome, while the costs are reduced to only about 30% of the imported available options. The price includes a year sales guarantee and service contract. Furthermore, the system is much easier and cheaper to maintain as it has no high-tech imported technology. With the introduction of this product we aim at stimulating the local economy and creating new green job opportunities. We have recently developed the Ethiopian local version and are looking forward to extend to other countries.


Voi, Kenya

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Biogas Taita Ltd. - IRUWA Products