There are solar showers and then there is the Solar Powered Shower from Arkema. The difference? The former looks like a black version of the bag you might pull out of your handy box o’ wine, with an attached hose, and is about as classy. The other is a super mod designer appliance that wouldn’t mind keeping around on a permanent basis, next to your pool or hot-tub.
The Design Blog reports that the modern curved tower design of the Solar Powered Shower locates the showerhead right over your head; solar-power heats the water to a comfortable 86/104° F and a foot wash streams cool water to wash off feet covered in beach sand. The shower makes use of an overhead photovoltaic panel to power it.
While the Solar Powered Shower doesn’t require a grid connection, unlike your DIY standard solar shower, what it does require a water line. Which means you’re probably not going to get to luxuriate under that funky showerhead on your next in the deep backwoods camping trip. But if you need an eco-friendly backyard shower, this is definitely a model worth checking out.