An Arizona based company might be making “moisture farming” mainstream in the coming years, as its new Source Hydropanels create drinking water right out of thin air.
That’s right, it uses sunlight and humidity in the atmosphere itself to harvest clean, and mineral-rich drinking water. Zero Mass Water Inc. (ZMW) came up with this solution – it uses solar energy and an absorbent material, dubbed Source, to extract drinking water from vapors in the air.
ZMW says that each Source Hydropanel can produce up to 5 liters of water per day so two of them are needed to support the needs of a small family or an office, though three or more would be required for an average family, office, or a school.
It costs a hefty $2,000 each – and uses photovoltaic wafers, air filters, and water filters as well. Additionally, it also has a mineralizing reservoir that mixes small quantities of calcium and magnesium into the harvested water “for health and taste benefits.”
It does not need artificial electricity, and uses direct solar energy to collect moisture from the air into an air-tight system – at the end, the water flows through a filtered dispenser for its users.
A panel can last for a minimum of 15 years. Source panels are connected to the [information technology] cloud, and are monitored in real time [from Arizona] so that we can see whether they are living up to our promise in terms of production and quality.