A California-based team has designed the Skywater machines that are capable of pulling fresh drinking water straight out of the air. The machines can produce up to 300 gallons of potable water in some cases. The Skysource/Skywater Alliance is a team of sustainability experts from Venice, California and they have now won a $1.5 million prize for these machines.
The machines are placed in big metal boxes. These atmospheric water generators condense water vapor from the atmosphere and transform that into drinking water. Either the burning of biofuels or solar energy can be used to run these machines. It depends on the model but these machines are fit for farming, household use, and for emergency relief.
The scarcity of potable water is becoming a real issue in some parts of the world. David Hertz, a member of this team, says that he’s excited about what these machines can do in those areas. He mentions that there’s more than enough water vapor in the air that the machines can use to make gallons of drinkable water daily.
His estimate is that there’s “37.5 million billion gallons of water” in the atmosphere at any given time. That’s more fresh water in all of the rivers on this planet, according to Skysource.