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Best practices for solar water production technologies

We need consensus to accurately evaluate the performance and potential of emerging water production technologies, such as solar evaporation and atmospheric water harvesting. Here we recommend practices that would allow a fair basis to compare different studies, and help to align research input with actual demand.

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Fig. 1: Schematic illustration of the working principles of two solar-powered technologies for clean water production.


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Zhang, Y., Tan, S.C. Best practices for solar water production technologies. Nat Sustain 5, 554–556 (2022).

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