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Beer Bottle Solar Hot Water Heater

Beerbottle Heater

According to the Internets, this Chinese farmer is getting hot shower water from this roof of beer bottles and plastic tubing. This version of the story was seen on Ananova (sent in by reader Arnaud Betremieux). The account says “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 [with plastic tubing] so that water flows through them.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.”

Posted on June 6, 2007 at 4:17 pm | comments

  • Nick Xin

    “Shannxi” should is “shanxi”,

  • Patricia Stewart

    What a great Idea, I think I will try this out. Thank You

  • James

    my friends use a wood case with a glass cover to heat up the wax from their bees. i will try and post a picture asap.
    wood-made by hand.
    glass-from a large 3 x 3ft window (no uv protection)

  • Austin solar water heating expert

    A great idea!. 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.

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