If you can provide the energy needed to light a 100-watt light bulb for a day, you can generate 3 liters of water in most parts of the world: that’s the promise of Drinkable Air, Inc. Based in South Florida, the company builds a series of scalable water machines that takes air and converts it into drinking water.
It is an indispensable alternative to massive energy-intensive and capital-intensive desalination systems that require access to the sea. Drinkable Air is welcome in the Middle East communities where water is scarce, by the organizers rural music festivals that need water for specific events and even regional power companies looking to go off-peak.
According to Michael Bourgon of Drinkable Air, based in Toronto, there is water everywhere waiting to be harvested. “Do you know that there are quadrillion liters of water at the same time in the air? Water is a gas. There is always moisture and there is always water in the air. Our trick is to turn this gas into liquid, ” explains Michael. “We have to cool it, which is just what happens when it rains.
How it works
In the same way that rain is done, Drinkable Air’s water generators pump air on a cold surface called a condenser, which then turns it into droplets of liquid inside the machine, the way a dehumidifier works. Then the Air Drinkable machines clean the water and enrich it with the minerals necessary for human consumption. And here it is – fresh water.
Water, like oxygen, is a basic necessity that we barely consider in most parts of the United States and Canada, but when you live in the Middle East, North Africa, or Asia, it can to be more precious than oil. The lack of water is the reason why there are currently four major famines underway on the African continent. This is also the reason why conflict zones like Syria and Iraq are so hostile.
Of course, countries rich in fossil fuels like Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates can turn energy into water by desalination. But when desalination is not feasible, the drinkable air can fill the void.
“Our main goal is quenching thirst,” says Michael. “We are also motivated to provide a commercial product that will solve big problems in the world. ”
Clean Air products are currently installed in 38 countries around the world, including the Middle East, the Gulf States (GCC), Africa and Asia.
Drinking air systems are designed to produce as little as 10 liters per day (hotel room usage) to those who can produce thousands of liters of water a day – suitable for a village or industrial plant.
The smallest unit, the Chameleon 4, was commissioned for the first time by Abu Dhabi’s director of Rotana hotels, who wanted a solution to reduce plastic consumption. The same type of system is attracting a lot of attention in India, where municipal water will never be clean in some people’s lives, says Michael.
To do the basic calculations, in most cases, it costs 1 / 8th of a kilowatt hour for every liter of water produced. In a first world country, that’s about 3 cents per liter of drinking water.
“In addition to the money saved on the water itself,” the reduction in packaging also represents a significant saving – about three liters of water is used to make a half-liter bottle, “explains Michael.
He notes that the money saved on water is equal to cost per liter, CAPEX, spare parts and energy is about thirteen hundred US cents a liter; Compared to a 250 ml bottle of Dasani water at US $ 2, the cost per liter is US $ 8.
A satisfied customer
Amy Lee Grant, the American singer married to country singer-songwriter Vince Gill, is a happy customer. Each summer, Grant invites dozens of campers, summer staff and volunteers to gather at the barefoot Republic Camp, representing 40 different ethnic groups, at his 450-acre homestead in Nashville. Natural well water is contaminated with sulfur and all depend on the water produced by drinking air to meet their needs.
Drinkable Air recently announced the partnership of Green Key Global and Drinkable Air, Inc. Green Key’s hospitality industry participants are present in more than 50 countries worldwide, with 2,600 establishments in Europe, the Middle East and the United States. East, Africa, East Asia, Mexico and the Caribbean. The numbers continue to grow each year. Major partners include the Starwood and Carlson hotel groups.
The green key is assigned based on a standard set of international minimum criteria and based on a standardized application and award process. The new 2016-2020 green key criteria are recognized by the World Council on Sustainable Tourism.
Demand response for power
Drinkable Air is also working on water production programs with major US utilities using on-demand response processes.
Many jurisdictions around the world use demand response programs. The demand response (DR) essentially encourages a consumer to use energy when it is most available (weekends, nights) and rewards the consumer for his cooperation in voluntary rationing (reduced rates, discounts, offers of optimized products).
Drinkable Air’s products produce the most water between dusk and dawn. They consume the most energy when water is used (the compressor and the condenser operate) and little energy during cooling, purification and water supply.
The plan is simple: deploy units in an urban environment and remotely control (via the Internet) the water-making function, turning it on when the energy is the most abundant and the least expensive and the machine is the more efficient.
The benefits to consumers include the ability to drink the best water in the world, reduce the cost of drinking water at home, not having to lug cans or bottles of water, no need for water purifiers water, and contribute to the environment by reducing the use of plastic and municipal resources.
“The end user appreciates a better and better quality product without having to waste plastic bottles,” says Michael.
But one can not help wondering – with all this water coming out of the air, can the local climate be changed near a clean air system?
No: “Nature hates emptiness,” says Michael. “The amount of water you eliminate, even if you multiply by the thousands, nature will take care of, and fill the void right away. Nothing to worry about. ”
We can all drink at that.
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Information on the water!
Nearly one billion people live without accessible drinking water
- 5 billion live without adequate sanitation
- 440 million school days lost due to lack of water
- 220 million hours a day are spent collecting water
- 7 miles traveled daily by women and children to collect water
- 4,100 children under five die daily from preventable water-related diseases
- 4 million people die each year from a preventable water-related disease