Water From Thin Air? Products Are Doing It Right Now!
Water from thin air? Sounds too good to be true and you know what they say about such things. But in this case, these inventors may be on to something – something that could save lives! These products have applications in survival, prepping, homesteading, hiking, backpacking and camping.
First let’s start with some newly invented material and then we’ll look at a product combining some existing technologies. Who knows, maybe in the future they two can be combined to create and even better product!
This new material pulls clean drinking water straight out of the air
The folks over at Science Alert have an article on some newly invented material based on science and nature, that claims to pull drinking water out of thin air. Here’s a snippet:
“We experimentally found that the geometry of bumps alone could facilitate condensation,” said one of the researchers, Kyoo-Chul Park. “By optimising that bump shape through detailed theoretical modelling and combining it with the asymmetry of cactus spines and the nearly friction-free coatings of pitcher plants, we were able to design a material that can collect and transport a greater volume of water in a short time compared to other surfaces.”
The tandem effect of the system – together with a technology developed by the researchers called Slippery Liquid-Infused Porous Surfaces – helps the material collect water in ways that could otherwise prove impossible.”
All this talk of getting water out of thin air isn’t just all talk either. There’s a company that’s in the crowd funding stage of developing what they call a “self filling water bottle”. Science Alert has a report on that project too.
This self-filling water bottle harvests clean drinking water from the air
The basic idea here is to gather water from humid air using a portable solar panel to aid in condensing water droplets into a bottle. Here’s a snippet:
“The device is made up of a solar panel, a condensing chamber lined with hydrophobic surfaces, and a very basic filter to keep dust, dirt, and bugs out of the mix. It works by taking in warm, humid air, which is condensed down into water droplets that are funnelled into the water bottle below because the hydrophobic surfaces prevent them from sticking.”
One problem here might be a situation where there is little sunlight to power the panel. But then, hopefully that’s due to rain and you won’t need the gadget! Here’s a video demonstration of the device.
While all of this sounds like it’s still in the developmental stages, the inventors of the self filling water bottle are looking for crowd funding so they can mass produce the product. So, we might at least see this product for sale soon.
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