Desert Twins produce water through condensation in driest place on Earth

May 29, 2017 by  
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One in 10 people on Earth lack access to safe water , which is why artist Ap Verheggen has been working so hard to address water scarcity over the last decade or so. He and the rest of the SunGlacier team, invited by the Dutch Ministry of Defense, recently tested their idea of making water from thin air in what they describe as the driest, hottest place on the planet: the Sahara Desert . They were able to accomplish the feat solely with the power of the sun and a bit of basic physics. Take a closer look at their groundbreaking Desert Twins , designed specifically for this project, after the jump. From an ice-making leaf in the desert to a solar-powered desert waterfall , SunGlacier has pioneered creative, artistic approaches to the lack of water in Earth’s dry areas. They recently made water from air in Mali with the solar-powered Desert Twins, two devices built for the Sahara Desert test. One device makes water, the other houses an energy unit. Condensation enables the devices to create water. Related: Produce your own water from thin air with SunGlacier’s solar-powered DC03 But it’s much harder to pull water from air in the Sahara than it is in the Netherlands, where SunGlacier is based. According to the team, air in Mali on a summer day only has around half the water vapor of a dry summer day in the Netherlands. They faced several days of challenges as they tinkered with their devices, adding insulation and re-configuring cooling air streams before they finally succeeded in producing any water. The team knew their design could operate in ideal conditions, but the Mali success shows it can work just about anywhere in the world. SunGlacier says their device is “probably the world’s first artificial water well to work entirely off the grid .” SunGlacier intends to keep improving their technology, and say in the future they plan to focus on cleaning and enriching water with salts and minerals, and water storage. Their goal is to build a machine that is able to operate without electricity or a liquid water source, much like a well. + SunGlacier Via SunGlacier Images courtesy of SunGlacier

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Produce your own water from thin air with SunGlacier’s solar-powered DC03

February 1, 2017 by  
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If you’re alarmed by reports of dwindling water supplies across the globe, there has never been a better time to take matters into your own hands. SunGlacier founder Ap Verheggen, who has spent the better part of the last decade designing devices that harness the sun’s potential to extract water from thin air, has made his latest design available online – for free. The solar-powered DC03 relies on a Peltier element, explained in greater detail below the jump, to produce a small amount of clean water each day without a battery, without fans or an inverter, and without any moving parts that could easily degrade. The solar-powered DC03 device generates power for an 18W Peltier element. Asked to explain that in layman’s terms, Ap Verheggen told Inhabitat: “A Peltier element is a very small and thin square piece of electronics. If you connect it to electricity, it becomes hot at one side, and cold at the other side. The cold side we use to cool a cone. As the air comes at the cool cone, moisture in the air starts to condensate and produces water drops.” Water drawn from the air then drips, through gravity, into a glass (or whatever vessel each person chooses to use). Because the Peltier element has a temperature difference of 67C maximum between the upper “hot” side and the under “cool” side, according to SunGlacier, the hotter the air, the more water the device produces, bringing the group one step closer to their original ambition of improving water security for people living in desert conditions . Related: A solar-powered leaf that makes ice in the desert At the moment, the device makes about half-a-glass of water every six hours, according to SunGlacier. It is designed to operate during daylight hours only, mitigating the need for a battery. Verheggen says while the DC03 design has been thoroughly tested, it has not been optimized, which is where you come in. In the same spirit as Elon Musk’s approach to the Hyperloop , whereby he encourages anyone to improve upon the original idea, SunGlacier invites the public to take a stab at making their own solar-powered water maker using their design, which is available online . Universities and research institutes from as far afield as Iran, Romania, South-Africa and The Netherlands have already expressed an interest in getting involved, Verheggen says. This collaborative approach is expected to make SunGlacier’s groundbreaking, low-maintenance design accessible to the greatest number of people possible – and that is something we can really get behind. + SunGlacier Photos by Hessel Waalewijn

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‘Desert Cascades’ Solar-Powered Waterfall Flows in the Desert

November 7, 2013 by  
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Does the image of cool, cascading waterfalls flowing in a dry desert sound like an unimaginable mirage? Artist and UNESCO-IHE Cultural Ambassador Ap Verheggen says that thanks to recent technological developments, that desert oasis may be closer to reality than we think. A conceptual art project, Desert Cascades explores how solar energy could power an autonomous waterfall in one of earth’s most uninhabitable environments. Read the rest of ‘Desert Cascades’ Solar-Powered Waterfall Flows in the Desert Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , Ap Verheggen , desert , Desert Cascades , Desert Cascades solar-powered waterfall , producing drinking water in the desert , solar panels , solar technology , solar-powered waterfall that flows in the desert , sun-powered waterfall , SunGlacier , UNESCO-IHE        

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Billionaire Closes Off Access to One of California’s Best Public Beaches

November 7, 2013 by  
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Photo of closed beach via Shutterstock When wealthy venture capitalist Vinod Khosla shut down public access to Martin’s Beach–one of California’s “hidden jewels”–he incurred the wrath of the local community. For well over a century, the surfers, fishermen, and picnicking families enjoyed access to Martin’s Beach via a private toll road; however, Khosla has blocked that road, thereby shutting the public out from the public beach. Despite protests, a San Mateo County judge recently ruled in favor of the rich billionaire’s right to lock out the local community. Read the rest of Billionaire Closes Off Access to One of California’s Best Public Beaches Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: billionaire shuts off CA beach , California , california coastal act , california constitution , gerald buchwald , half moon bay , martin’s beach , property rights , public beach shut off by rich man , san mateo county judge , surfing , Vinod Khosla        

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X-Men’s Hugh Jackman Funds Global Education With New Laughing Man Coffee

November 7, 2013 by  
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Hugh Jackman’s Laughing Man coffee not only provides a stellar cup of good joe, but also supports struggling communities around the world . Founded in 2011 with his partner David Steingard, Laughing Man Coffee is part of Laughing Man Worldwide, a charitable organization that distributes 100 percent of their revenue to fund education, community development and new businesses in developing countries. Laughing Man’s line of coffees, teas and accessories are sold in their New York outpost and online , so coffee lovers everywhere can give back while drinking their morning brew. Read the rest of X-Men’s Hugh Jackman Funds Global Education With New Laughing Man Coffee Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: charitable coffee , David Steingard , eco design , green design , Hugh Jackman , Laughing Man Coffee , Laughing Man Worldwide , sustainable design        

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Ken Rinaldo’s Cascading Garden Uses Vermiponics for Growing Veggies Vertically

November 7, 2013 by  
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Ken Rinaldo, artist and professor at  Ohio State University ‘s Knowlton School of Architecture, recently brought his innovative “ Cascading Garden ” research project to Russia. The living installation uses vermiponics (live worms and their waste) to fertilize vegetables, and features custom vertical grow bags that Rinaldo developed for use both indoors and outdoors and in wet and dry environments. Each bag can be planted with a variety of plants, such as kale, lettuce, cabbage and other local vegetables for easy to harvest edibles  just about anywhere. + OSU  The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green wall” , “living wall” , Cascading Garden , Ken Rinaldo , Knowlton School of Architecture , ohio state university , urban gardening , vermiponics        

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Build Your Own Origami City with Paper Punk’s New URBAN FOLD Box Set

November 7, 2013 by  
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We’ve featured Paper Punk ‘s awesome 3D paper building blocks in the past – and they just launched a new set on Kickstarter that lets you build your own origami city! URBAN FOLD contains over 700 pieces that can be connected together to create soaring skyscrapers, urban forests, and other city sights. Check out the Kickstarter and donate today to pick up a set of your own. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco-art , green design , Inhabitots , lego , origami , Paper , paper art , paper city , paper punk , recyclable materials , sustainable design , toys , Urban design , urban fold        

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SunGlacier: A Solar-Powered Leaf That Makes Ice in the Desert

November 1, 2013 by  
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