Solar energy: a source for water disinfection in Colombia

Carmen Leonor Barajas Forero



Colombia, due to its geographical position, receives a high solar radiation throughout the year. This implies that the country has great potential for solar energy production, but can also use this resource to enhance the living conditions of its inhabitants by using solar radiation to improve the quality of drinking water.

Mainly in rural areas, the country has serious problems with drinking water for its inhabitants. This generates high morbidity and mortality, especially in children under five.

The main purpose of this preliminary work was to investigate if weather conditions in northeastern Colombia permit to use the sun's energy to disinfect water from water sources which are normally heavily contaminated. The results are encouraging and may lead to establish programs for appropriate use of this technology in areas where the construction of treatment plants very difficult.

Published in: Renewable Energy & Power Quality Journal (RE&PQJ),Vol. 1, Nº. 14
Pages:868-872 Date of Publication: 2016/5/20
ISSN: 2172-038X Date of Current Version:2016/5/4
REF:491-16 Issue Date: May 2016
DOI:10.24084/repqj14.491 Publisher: EA4EPQ

Authors and affiliations

Carmen Leonor Barajas Forero
Department of Hydraulic, Fluids and Thermal Sciences. Francisco de Paula Santander University, Cucuta. Colombia

Key words

Colombia, water disinfection, solar energy


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