The shower we would like to have

By on May 28, 2017

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“We are a cutting-edge technology company in southern Sweden, having developed a disruptive water recycling technology to be used in domestic appliances. Our patented technology makes the world’s most advanced and efficient shower unit, saving up to over 90% water and 80% energy, whilst increasing comfort and hygiene.”

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Swedish technology company  Orbital Systems concerned with the issue of water conservation , came up with a new household shower that purifies any water that goes down the drain and sends it back to the shower head. Company’s estimations says that its closed-loop system could retain over 90 percent of the water and 80 percent of the energy consumed by an ordinary shower.
The OrbSys Shower, as it is called, is fairly simple in concept, but requires some cutting-edge technology to function properly. To recycle the water coming out of it, a sophisticated filtering system and pump is fitted directly beneath the shower drain in the floor. The soapy, used water flows into the drain, and is immediately purified and pumped right back into the shower to be re-used again . A similar system to the kind astronauts use on space shuttles, that explains why Orbital Systems has collaborated with the Johnson Space Center at NASA on this project.

OrbSys Shower has a touchscreen embedded in the wall, which allows users to check its status and adjust the temperature and water flow more precisely .Company founder Mehrdad Mahdjoubi explained that running an average shower for 10 minutes consumes approximately 150 L of water, whereas this recycling shower consumes only 5 L . The water going through the filtration process is already heated when it leaves the shower head the first time, and subsequently  it  takes much less energy to warm it back up to the original temperature and re-use it. As an extra ,the OrbSys Shower maintains a consistent water pressure and a high flow rate up to 24 L/min (6.3 gallons/min) while still wasting less water, therefore you will not feel any variation in water pressure while in the shower.

What is also impressive, this constant filtering results in cleaner water than what comes out of a typical tap. Tests at the Swedish Institute of Diseases and Alcontrol Laboratories,  showed the shower system removed over 99 percent of endotoxins, DNA, and micron-sized particles that passed through it. Orbital Systems claims the water that passes through its shower is actually of a higher quality than drinking water, which determined the company to explore how the shower could be used in areas with clean water shortages.

Helping the environment and  bathing in purified water doesn’t seduce all  consumers though. But some other benefits might catch their attention. Depending on people’s  location and characteristic shower usage, the company estimates that a typical family of four in the United States could save over US$1,500 each year by switching to its new showers.

Orbital Systems has only installed its showers in the Ribersborg open-air bath house located in the company’s home town of Malmö, Sweden, and has served as a prime location to test its capabilities. This facility caters to over 170,000 visitors annually. The showers are being used almost constantly during the day to rinse off people  covered in algae, plankton, seaweed, and other debris from the nearby ocean.  Orbital Systems claims that  just replacing two of the showers in the bath house with the revolutionary ones has saved over 100,000 L  of water during the past summer alone.


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