The population is ever growing. With so many inhabitants, itâs no wonder that weâre all fighting for survival. But, scientists and experts are trying to come up with new ways and means by which natural resources can be harnessed to the maximum. Innovative technology has been used and research scientists at Fraunhofer Institute for Inter facial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB in Germanyâs Stuttgart discovered ways to extract water out of humid air. If commercially viable, this could help solve the freshwater crisis to a large extent.
Listed below are 10 ingenious devices that have been designed to harness water from air.
1. Net to produce clean water from air and mist:
Drop Net is a net which captures the mist in the atmosphere and turns it into water. It was made by a German student. One net can turn out nearly 20 liters of water a day. The net is cheap and easy to set up. The water is collected with the help of a pipe. Several such nets could provide enough water for a whole village or settlement.
2. Sea kettle:
Sea kettle is a rescue raft concept that is designed to produce drinking water from sea water. Lack of drinking water can be life threatening in a rescue raft. Sea water is purified to produce about three liters of water a day. The sea water is collected and stored in over head tanks where it is exposed to sunlight and then purified. The pure water is then stored in the kettleâs framework from where it is available for use.
3. Aqua maker am10:
The aqua maker is a device that performs many tasks at once. It makes water from air by dehumidifying it. The water is then filtered and purified and is also cooled. The air that is sucked in also gets purified before being let out. So this device acts as an air purifier too. Satisfied customers have rated this product excellent and the company as honest.
4. WaterMill produces fresh drinking water:
Element Four brings the Water Mill which makes water from the surrounding air. This device can be installed in the house. It collects moisture and condenses it into water. It then purifies water which makes it safe for use. Approximately 3.2 gallons of water can be produced in a day. The cost of operation is very less which makes it a better option than bottled water.
The Ersa is a multi purpose device designed by Scott Norrie. It is a portable and renewable source of water and power. The device consists of solar cells which converts the moisture into water and also charges mobiles, vehicle battery or GPS units. A person who is stranded will find this extremely useful. The materials used to make this product are eco friendly.
6. Dew drop:
Jacky Wu, an industrial designer has developed the dew drop concept, a leaf device which makes water out of the air. This water is poured on the real plant. People who have a busy lifestyle may forget to water a plant that is kept in their house. The dew drop leaf which is connected to a plug condenses water and pours it on plants. The artificial leaf is green in color.
7. Groasis waterboxx:
The waterboxx is a device which helps to water saplings in an arid environment. It also protects the saplings from harsh sunlight. The device was designed by Pieter Hoff and was successfully tested in the Sahara desert for a period of three years. The device was inspired by bird droppings which cover a seed and also helps it to grow. A sapling can be planted through an opening in the middle of the device. Water is poured into the internal reservoirs and a tube. Rainwater also can be collected on the surface of the device. The device condenses moisture during night. A wick releases water to the earth below the sapling. Water boxx helps to protect the sapling and save it from dying.
8. Raincloud c15:
The rain cloud is a concept of Clean World, a UK based company. The rain cloud dehumidifies air and produces clean water. It also purifies water that goes down the sink. The amount produced in a day is about 15 liters. There are options for heating or cooling the water. The process of recycling waste water is an added benefit.
9. Max whisson’s gust water trap apparatus:
Max water is a device that uses wind energy to generate water from air. This device was designed by Dr. Max Whisson. It is a vertical wind mill which cools the air and collects and condenses. Fresh water is thus made from the air that circulates. The turbine contains refrigerants. The air is compressed and then cooled in the condensation chamber to produce water.
10. Dewpointe atmospheric generator:
Dew point is a product of Atmospheric water systems. It filters air before processing it to produce clean water. It can produce about 8.4 gallons of water a day. There is an option for hot water also. This device is very useful for offices. Solar panel connections will help to yield more water. It is very popular.
The devices listed above helps to generate water from air and thus solves the fresh water availability problems. Water scarcity is a major issue and such devices help man to overcome it.