Nick Christy receives the prize money for winning the 2011 Postcode Lottery Challenge
Introducing an innovative concept: a water recycling shower that uses 70 percent less water and 70 percent less energy, without reducing enjoyment. This was CINTEP co-Director Nick Christy's winning entry to the 2011 Postcode Lottery Challenge.
The 500,000 Euros prize money went a long way in helping this Australian British Chartered Accountant and his co-Director Peter Brewin, develop, perfect, manufacture, and distribute this amazing environmental technology.
Peter Brewin and a prototype of the Water Recycling Shower
Did you know that household showers with heaters are the largest water users and second largest electricity consumers your average household?
Nick and Peter's patented water recycling shower uses an electrical element to heat the water, a mechanism to recycle warm water, and a heat exchanger, which runs cool water past the hot water. Thus, the shower no longer needs to exert extra effort in re-cooling and reheating water every time someone adjusts the temperature mid-shower.
Your Water Recycling Shower reuses water, isn't that unsanitary?
Nick Christy pitches the Water Recycling Shower in front of a panel of judges
But let's clarify what recycling water means? Each time you start to shower, the appliance uses 100% fresh water (not water from your neighbor's drainage system, or anything like that). Next, the water filters and pasteurizes the recycled water from your shower session for 30 seconds before immediate reuse. Upon switching-off the shower, all the recycled water from your session is immediately sent to the drainage, so the following user can start fresh.
The shower has a high-tech control panel
While still under development, the green technology is expected to be available in Australia by the end of 2012. This shower won two other awards: the BSI Environmental Design Award and the Dyson Award. It is expected to save a family of 4 about $937. It supposedly pays for itself in less than a year too!
Other high-tech features include a precise temperature control system with remote control, the capability to save multiple preset temperatures for each family member, and a minimalist functional design that looks good with any bathroom design.
For more information on this upcoming technology and how you can be the first to have it in your home, please visit the official website of the Water Recycling Shower. You can also visit the official website of the Postcode Lottery Challenge for more information on the contest, its past winners, and runners-up.