This device turns air into drinking water

AQUAIR is a portable fog-harvesting device that pulls potable water out of the air. Designed for use in remote mountainous areas in tropical latitudes, AQUAIR can be easily assembled with the addition of locally sourced materials. AQUAIR collects water with a mesh waterproof fabric stretched across a bamboo structure to maximize airflow. The key to AQUAIR’s design is its fan and small centrifuge that use gravity to draw collected water vapour down a tube and into a bucket. The collapsible structure can be assembled by hand, while locally sourced rocks and bamboo can be used for the weight and tensile structure, respectively.

Wei Yee Ong

  • Wei Yee Ong
    National Cheng Kung University

    CKU design students Wei-Yee Ong, Hsin-Ju Lin, Shih-Min Chang, and Marco Villela created the workable prototype in response to Honduras’ water crisis. As the second poorest nation in Central America, Honduras is home to a large number of subsistence farmers and rural communities that lack access to clean water due to drought and groundwater contamination—issues also felt in rural mountainous Taiwan.more

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