GE researchers, together with top scientists and engineers from the University Of California at Berkeley, University Of South Alabama, and University Of Chicago are working on developing a compact, transportable device that produces water out of thin air. The project is named AIR2WATER is initiated to simplify the transportation of potable water to troops on the field. Further, the innovative technology will address water shortage all over the world in a powerful way. Here is SURFACES REPORTER (SR)’s report on this:
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It is said that the portable AIR2WATER device can literally produce clean, safe water out of thin air. Also, it will be lightweight that can be carried easily with the help of four people. The researchers were awarded with 14.3 million dollars for the development of this technology to transform new material innovations, thermal processes and 3D printed devices to generate enough daily water for 150 troops out of thin air.
David Moore, Principal Investigator and technology manager for material physics and chemistry at GE research, said, “Today, the logistics and costs involved with transporting water are staggering and in dangerous war zone areas, result in casualties.”
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“By creating a highly portable, compact device that efficiently extracts water from the atmosphere, we can save lives and ease the logistical and financial burden for our armed forces,” he further added.
The researchers will make use of sorbent materials to absorb the air and a unique 3D-enabled design of an additively-manufactured heat exchanger printed in the Additive Manufacturing Lab at GE Research in Niskayuna. This effectively draws in heat over the sorbent materials to produce water.
Info and image courtesy: www.ge.com/research
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