The Earth largely depends on Mother Nature’s natural water cycle to supplement the life that it holds with essential nutrients and minerals.
An Israeli company, Water-Gen has turned this idea on it’s head.
They have built a very simple yet efficient machine that can create and harvest condensation and water vapors in the air and turn it into drinking water.
The machine uses a set of plastic “leaves” to funnel air in various directions, and then the water passes through water generators that create pure drinking water out thin air.
Founder and co-CEO Arye Kohavi of WaterGen said in an interview,
The target is to extract water from the air with minimum energy. We think our solution can solve the problem on the level of countries. It’s an immediate solution — governments don’t need to spend decades to make a big project.
During the next UN Design session, the company will have the chance to show it’s invention to the world.
There are three sizes available, each being required to be plugged into a power source.
The maximum water it can yield is about 825 gallons per day at 80 degrees and 60% humidity. The company’s medium-sized unit is able to produce 118 gallons per day and in the same conditions, the smallest can produce just under 4 gallons per day, which is perfect for a household or an office.
If we are to go by current prices of energy, the machine will cost less than ten cents a gallon to operate – a dream come true for water-arid areas that are warm and humid. The machine will generate water regardless of humidity levels. As long as temperatures are high enough.
This product has been making headlines in places like Latin America, Southeast Asia, Africa, which can make the best out of these conditions and create cheap water for their populace.
The company is currently testing its products in cities like Mumbai, Shanghai and Mexico City, as well as in other far fetched areas. It hopes that they can commercialize their products by the end of next year.
The product was first launched to be used for military purposes, but now it has been entirely focused on commercial markets.
Considering the lack of clean water across the globe, coupled with climate problems, this product certainly will have a say in making our future more sustainable.