Generating Water from Air Humidity to face Global Drought.
As the climate crisis continues to unfold, professionals in architecture, engineering, and sustainable design have relentlessly searched for new ways to mitigate the negative effects of modern industrial production. One group of such innovators, Zero Mass Water, have contributed to this effort through their creation of ‘the world’s first and only hydropanel’. It uses solar energy to generate water from the humidity in the air. Appearing like a solar panel, it is completely self-contained, producing clean water even in conditions with low sunlight and humidity. Since its release, the product has benefited communities where water-independence, drought, and other climate conditions remain looming considerations. Each panel is about 4 feet by 8 feet, costs about $2,000, produces about 5 liters of water a day, and is expected to last for 15 years. Zero Mass Water began deploying the hydropanels in 2015. Friesen said they have now been deployed in 33 countries. The size of these installations ranges from a 2-panel installation for a home to one with thousands of panels at a school in Veresdale, Australia. Some of these are in locations that simply don't have enough water, such as refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan. In other places, it is being used where there are water quality issues. Credit: Zero Mass Water
Poverty deprives people of adequate education, health care and of life's most basic necessities- safe living conditions (including clean air and clean drinking water) and an adequate food supply. The developed (industrialized) countries today account for roughly 20 percent of the world's population but control about 80 percent of the world's wealth.
Poverty and pollution seem to operate in a vicious cycle that, so far, has been hard to break. Even in the developed nations, the gap between the rich and the poor is evident in their respective social and environmental conditions.