The idea to “make” water is not new. At the beginning of the last century it was already known with the ability to convert natural air humidity in condensation and then to accelerate the condensation process and to “harvest” condensed water droplets. The obvious next steps which consist of making the harvested water ready for consumption, came much later under pressure from growing water scarcity in the world.
To make it suitable for consumption in the first place a minimum and suitable quantity is required.
In other words, a few drops of water will not do. To significantly increase the production, the condensation process must be accelerated. In an environment where humidity is high, high temperatures coexist. Warm air holds indeed large amounts of water vapor in contrast with cold air. To harvest larger amounts of water effectively under favorable conditions, the temperature should drop dramatically in a short time. The colder air is then no longer able to hold a large amount of water, and this water is then deposited in nature as condensation on objects in the immediate surroundings. These objects can be anything from leaves on the trees to cars, lampposts and even road surfaces.
When we try to copy this natural process, water drops can be collected in a controlled environment at an accelerated pace.
What we need to accelerate the condensation process, is a cooling element. This heat sink is the essential part of a modern dehumidifier which we now can already purchase for domestic use.
This process works best when the ambient temperature and relative humidity are both high. This is precisely the case in those parts of the world where reliable and clean drinking water is scarce.
The perfect environment to operate a water generator!
This technology has been refined over the last ten years and it has been applied by various manufacturers in the world. There is however a major drawback and that is availability of electrical power in order to allow the generator to work properly. Precisely the absence of a reliable and constant electricity supply has been the critical element in this process until recently . People sometimes have to walk hours to find their daily drinking water supply. A failing infrastructure is almost always part of their problem.
The solution is now available!
The foundation “Happy With Water” has conceptually developed a water generator that can also operate completely independent of any power supply and can generate many liters of water per day! A prototype is being developed in collaboration with Dutch and Chinese product development agencies. Solar collectors will provide the energy for the new generation of water makers. Again nature lends a hand here with the fact that drinking water scarce regions in the world usually are blessed with abundant sunshine for many hours a day. The presence of sunlight makes it even possible that over-produced energy can be stored in batteries that guarantee water production during the dark hours. Another circumstance in which Mother Nature helps out is the fact that the relative humidity increases considerably after sunset and as a result the water production increases significantly!
“Happy With Water” will now roll out this technology globally and make it available to those who depend on unreliable and polluted sources and who live far away from the nearest water source.