Machine turns air into clean drinking water

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

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A device like this could save millions who die from consuming contaminated water. It can also provide developing countries a solution to water shortages.

A company called Water-Gen has created a new type of machine called Atmospheric Water-Generation Units, which can create water from thin air. The contraption was originally invented for the Israeli military, but the company believes it can be useful for developing nations and provide relief to millions with little access to clean water.

In order to create the miraculous clean drinking water, the machine first passes air through the Water-Gen’s GENius heat exchanger system. Essentially, the system cools the air down, which causes water molecules to clump up together in liquid form. From there, the water is passed through a super effective filter system which removes dirt, germs, and other impurities that would otherwise cause a person to get sick. Finally, the cleansed water is held in a storage tank and is ready to be poured into a cup.

The device is definitely not the first of its kind, but it is one of the most energy efficient around.  According to Water-Gen, it can produce 65-210 gallons per day, depending on the humidity (air moisture) and temperature conditions of the environment. Additionally, it costs only about 2 cents’ worth of energy to make a little less than half a gallon, which is relatively cheap enough to provide people with the water their bodies need.

According to the World Health Organization, approximately 780 million individuals do not have access to clean drinking water and 3.4 million die every year from consuming contaminated water. A device like this won’t provide everyone with a reliable source, but it’s one of the many projects hoping to do so.

Image of water droplets courtesy of theilr on Flickr.