Swedish startup Orbital Systems has raised £15 million for their NASA-inspired water-saving shower system. Investors include Skype founder Niklas Zennström, Stena Ventures, Karl-Johan Persson, Nils Idoff and the af Jochnick family.
Orbital Systems originally collaborated with NASA to develop the technology for their shower system, called OAS, which the company claims reduces water waste from showers by 90 percent. With a built-in purification system, OAS reuses the same batch of water, using only two gallons per shower - versus 20 gallons used in a typical shower. The company plans to take this technology developed for space and put it in people's homes, which will not only save water, but save families a lot of money, the company says.
“There’s little point in wasting 20 gallons of water during a single shower when, instead, you can use just two. We developed some great technology for the NASA projects, but what the past two years have shown us is that the technology works just as well here as it does in space," said Mehrdad Mahdjoubi, founder and CEO of Orbital Systems in a statement. "For our next growth phase we’ll focus on getting Orbital showers into every home that wants to save money on both water and energy.”
Mass implementation of the shower technology would also have a beneficial impact on the planet, the company says. The world’s water resources are facing rising pressure, and the OECD estimates that 40% of the world’s domestic water usage relates to showering.
“They’re staggering numbers, and it seems insane that we’ve developed this tech for space travel without using the same efficiencies here on Earth”, added Mahdjoubi.
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