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Solar-powered water generator extracts and purifies water from air

Solar-powered water generator extracts and purifies water from air

The Taiwanese startup offers to use its solar-powered water generator to extract water from the air. As Springwise reports, the innovation is able to cover the drinking water needs of six to eight adults.

Aquarius, the device developed by the engineers from the Taiwanese startup Space Apes, is light and easily transported. The solar-powered generator is a reusable and sustainable water generator that extracts, purifies and condenses water from the air to make it ready to drink.

For many territories, experiencing a shortage of water, the Space Apes’ invention could be a relief. In addition, Aquarius has another advantage of not needing to be connected to a power supply if placed outside in the sun.

It works by storing air in its upper compartment during the night and condensing the water vapour during the day when the sunlight heats the unit. The water is then passed through a filter and accumulated in a tank below where it can be collected for drinking.

Aquarius: a perfect water generator for semi-desert, desert communities

Aquarius was designed to be used in remote areas that lack access to water supply pipelines, and people living in areas with low rainfall such as semi-desert and desert communities.

As the engineers report, the unit dubbed AQR can produce between 11 and 15 litres of water a day. In other words, the generator is covering the drinking water needs of six to eight adults.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) report says that 1 in 3 people globally does not have access to safe drinking water. Before the coronavirus crisis, almost 1,000 children died from preventable water and sanitation-related diseases every day.

These numbers have increased in recent months because people in water-stressed areas are not able to follow health-guidelines of washing hands thoroughly and frequently. Inventions such as Aquarius are of pivotal importance in times like these and have the potential to save thousands of lives.