Water is the essence of life, not a single living being on Earth can survive without water. The human body is mainly consisted of water and it is a known fact that without food we can survive for 40 days, but without water only 3 or even less.
Therefore, any invention that can bring more water is highly than welcomed. Such invention was discovered by a couple of American architects who have used a shipping container and turned it into a machine that can extract water out of thin air. It can pull out enough moisture of the air and thus produce 300 gallons of water per day, which is sufficient for the daily water needs of 100 people.
The innovation known as Skywater was created by the Architects David Hertz and Rich Groden and won a $1.5 million prize in a competition. The goal of the contest was innovators to build a device that could make at least 2,000 liters of water per day, at a cost of less than 2 cents per liter, and both architects succeeded in that.
They used a cloud generator to make water and biomass gasifier for the electricity.
The Skywater – The Device of the Future
This machine is made of two basic components:
- A generator, which is accountable for cooling the warm air thus creating a cloud of condensation, just like a natural cloud is being created. The condensed water is kept inside of the shipping container in a tank, which can be accessed through a tap outside the container.
- A low-cost biomass gasifier, in charge for producing electricity needed for the generator. The fuel for its function can be from discarded food scraps to coconut shells. They vaporize in a natural process involving heat, steam and oxygen that alters the biomass into hydrogen without combustion. The remnants of the biomass are charcoal, which also can be used as nutritious plant-food in your garden being high in carbon.
This machine can be powered by biomass, solar or battery.
“I think the future of technologies is going to be moving to this restorative, regenerative model that actually helps to repair the damage we’ve done.”
The best part about Skywater is that it can be utilized in any part of the world and in any climate, which is amazing considering how many people in the world lack water on daily basis.
“One could imagine these shipping containers being positioned in a state of readiness throughout the world to be able to respond to disasters for both energy and water.”
The architects of this device and their team plan to make more good for the world thus using the prize funds for creating more machines. Their plan is to work with nonprofits and disperse the machines in the parts of the world that mostly need them.