Published By : 23 Mar 2018 | Published By : QYRESEARCH
Water scarcity has been rampant almost all over the world, thus driving the need for clean and potable water. However, such water could be hard to tap in, especially when climate change, rampant urbanization, or other factors such as famine and war-based strife might lead towards dried-up rivers and aquifers.
A Solution to Thwart Water Scarcity Lies in the Air
Of course, a solution exists to such scarcity of water, and the Water Abundance XPRIZE finalists are all geared up to bank on it. This competition involves extracting fresh water directly out from the air; recently five finalists have just been announced through this competition.
However, the criteria for the competition are highly strict. Each competitor should be able to extract at least 2000 liters of water per day from the atmosphere. This should be done entirely by using only a renewable energy source, in order for the process to be totally environmentally-friendly. The 2000 liters of water should be extracted at a cost of not more than 2 cents per liter.
In spite of these harsh conditions being laid out, the prize money is in millions, and five teams have already made it to the finals. Most of the teams are highly experienced and have worked in this field for a considerable time.
Hydro Harvest: This Australian team is originally from University of Newcastle, and has been developing an emission-free engine that turns waste heat into electricity.
Skydra: This team from Chicago have created a hybrid solution that implements both engineered and natural systems.
JMCC Wing: This team has been imparting high emphasis on solar and wind power for extracting water from the atmosphere.
Uravu: This team originates from Hyderabad, India, and also utilizes solar powered energy for facilitating water extraction processes.
The Veragon and Thinair: This team has developed a technique that improves the process of water condensation, thus forming fresh water.