Israel’s Water-Gen has successfully developed a new device that can remove the humidity from the air and turn it into drinking water.
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It makes sense that a company in Israel would be at the forefront of developing new technologies for creating more drinking water. It has suffered extensive droughts in recent years and most of its population lives in a its very humid coastal plain. That being considered, both its military and civilians would be happy to have a machine which can turn humidity into drinking water and an Israeli company has developed one.
Based in Rishon Lezion Israel, Water Gen began in the field of defense, designing state of the art solutions for a military’s water supply. Its innovations include a special treatment for the water run off from air conditioners, battery operated water purification units and more. Its products can be mounted on vehicles or carried by people.
Water Gen’s latest achievement is in the field known as atmospheric drinking water generation. A dehumidifier that takes the humidity out of the air and turns it into drinking water, thereby offering solutions to two problems at the same time. Originally designed for military use, it can be utilized by soldiers and civilians alike. Soldiers can use it in the field to get more water to drink and people can use it in their homes instead of air conditioning, thereby reducing electric and water bills at the same time.
The portable ones are small and made of plastic making them light weight and easy to carry.
The founder, chairman and co-chief executive of Water Gen, Arye Kohavi, described the process to CNN in an interview, “The clean air enters our Genius heat exchanger system where it is dehumidified. The water is removed from the air and collected in a tank outside the unit. From there the water is passed through an extensive water filtration system which cleans it from possible contamination.” He also pointed out the dangers involved in sending water trucks into the battle field to thirsty troops.
Israeli reserve colonel Kobi Marom told Reuters, “I think that this technology will give the IDF and other military forces all over the world that operate against guerrillas a lot of advantages, because food and water that’s [a need that] those troops over the desert all over the Middle East, is critical for them to operate for a long time.”
According to Kohavi, for an expenditure of only two cents worth of electricity the device can create a liter of water. This makes it both practical and eco friendly. He hopes that organizations like the United nations will be able to use the device to help people around the world who need more drinking water.
Water Gen already markets its products to the militaries of seven different countries, including Israel, The United States, Korea and France. Fast Company Magazine ranked it 321 on its list of the world’s 50 most innovative companies alongside Google, Apple and Nike.
Its research and development was started as part of an initiative by Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu to deal with the problems of water shortages which has even helped the Palestinians.