Air into water: researchers try to solve water shortage
SFU researchers say they have created a machine that generates water from the humidity in the atmosphere
Researchers have created a machine they say pulls water out of air, hoping the technology can one day help solve the world's water crisis.
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Simon Fraser University professor Majid Barhami spent the last three years working with his PhD student, Farshid Bagheri to design the Hybrid Atmospheric Water Generator.
The prototype — which is slightly larger than a college fridge — takes the humidity from the atmosphere and turns it into clean drinking water.
"The atmosphere always has a bit of humidity," said Bahrami.
"We were able to generate water in a desert-like climate which has not been done before," he said.
The duo claims the patent-pending technology can produce anywhere from 19 to 40 litres of water a day, depending on the atmosphere.
Won't run out of air
Bahrami said there is no fear or 'running' out of atmosphere, because it contains enough humidity to meet human needs and also replenishes itself automatically.
"One thing about atmospheric water is, you cannot dry out atmosphere," he said.
Currently, the machine is using electricity to run its generator but the researchers are working on another machine with solar panels.