The Earths most valuable commodity is becoming increasingly scarce – That’s water!
Let’s understand the basic principle of water cycle in the atmosphere. Air is part of the water cycle, an Earth process. Water evaporates out of rivers, lakes and the ocean. It’s carried up into the atmosphere, where it can collect into clouds (which are actually just accumulations of water vapor). After the clouds reach the saturation point, water droplets will form, which we know as rain. This rain runs off the land and collects into bodies of water, where the whole process begins again.
There’s water around us all the time, we just can’t see it. The air in our atmosphere contains a varying amount of water vapor, depending on the weather. Water is in the air nearly everywhere on earth, even in the most parched desert. But that doesn’t help much when you’re thirsty because most of that H20 is in its vaporized form, not its handy liquid state.
Retezár formulated his invention in an unlikely place: his bathroom.
Most of the time during travelling on a water scarce location, our thirst goes up due to adverse atmospheric condition. Now, you can satisfy your thirst with an innovative device invented by a student.
An industrial design student in Vienna has created an Innovative product that uses the air’s moisture to fill a water bottle attached to a bike, but he has higher hopes than just fuelling bike riders travelling long distances: he hopes his invention can someday provide water in areas that have shortages or polluted sources.
Kristof Retezár, who attends the University of Applied Arts, has named his contraption “Fontus” after the Roman god of springs and wells.
Since Vienna doesn’t have the right climate—condensation is most easily created when the air is 20 percent Celsius with at least 50 percent humidity—Retezár created the perfect environment in his own bathroom. Fontus is currently in the prototype stage. Retezár and his partner are hoping to raise funds for further development through crowdfunding and investors. Mass production will wait until they’ve perfected the technology. One major flaw is that Fontus won’t work in cities because the air is not clean enough, and it needs to be able to purify the air.
Fontus uses the scientific process of thermoelectric cooling which involves heat moving from one vessel to another. In order to turn into water, air has to be hot and humid, and then cooled. Fontus has a “Peltier Element,” which is separated into two and uses electricity to cool the top part down while also heating the bottom part.
Retezár sees his invention working on lengthy bike rides where people don’t have access to water, but he has a more altruistic hope: Fontus could help solve the world’s growing problem of water scarcity. The prototype costing a mere $40 or less to produce, Fontus can convert 17 ounces of water an hour from thin air.
Freshwater is the most important resource for mankind, cross-cutting all social, economic and environmental activities. While the amount of freshwater on the planet has remained fairly constant over time—continually recycled through the atmosphere and back into our cups—the population has exploded. This means that every year competition for a clean, copious supply of water for drinking, cooking, bathing, and sustaining life intensifies. We must explore the new methods for getting fresh water to satisfy our needs. This innovative device invented by Retezár that could be helpful to millions of people around the world where getting fresh and clean water is difficult. Excellent!!!