Startup Awn Nanotech recently announced during the annual March meeting of the American Physical Society in Los Angeles that it has created a nanotechnology device that can collect water stored in the sky. The company said that it is a way to bring clean water to places that experience drought.
With a majority of Canadian engineering students as its staff, Aen Nanotech company said they wanted to provide their water harvesters technology to the consumers this fall and if it works as expected, the said technology will be capable of pulling 50 to 100 liters of water from the air each day. They said that even an average American household needs more water than that amount, but it would be enough to supply the whole family.
They highlighted that the nanotech device would be particularly helpful in Cape Town, South Africa, wherein the people have a limited supply of water and they also worry that their taps may run dry soon.
The company’s founder Richard Boudreault, a physicist and entrepreneur, said that he was inspired by how people turn seawater into freshwater. With this in mind, Boudreault and his team created a water harvesting textile using a fine material of carbon nanotubes. The water particles will be stored on the mesh and pushed to the other side to form droplets.
Chile-based Atacama Desert is known as the driest desert on Earth. One can sit and live there for decades and never experience a raindrop. However, life survives in the Atacama Desert. This is because the Earth’s atmosphere holds water, including those in fog, clouds, and air.