A project to extract water from air at Masdar soon

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  • Solar and thermal energy will be utilized in the project that will run for 12 months

  • It will evaluate the performance of US-based firm AQUOVUM’s Atmospheric Water Generation technology

ABU DHABI: The world’s first project that utilizes a technology to extract water from atmosphere using a renewable source of energy will be launched this month in Abu Dhabi’s research and development hub, Masdar City.

The US-based water technologies company, AQUOVUM, in partnership with Masdar and Khalifa University of Science and Technology, will run the project as part of a three-party research and development agreement, local media reports said.

The project will evaluate the performance of AQUOVUM’s large format Atmospheric Water Generation (AWG) technology in combination with a renewable energy source such as solar and thermal energy, and its ability to be included in current or future sustainable water projects.

The AWG technology will also contribute to a market that is expected to grow by a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 25 percent worldwide, and more than 30 percent CAGR in the Middle East and Africa alone, which are some of the world’s harshest climates where water is needed the most, according to Global Market Insights.

Abdulla Balalaa, Executive Director, Sustainable Real Estate at Masdar City, said the project will positively contribute to regional and global water security in line with the UAE Water Security Strategy 2036

He said Masdar is already home to over 900 companies, dedicated to developing innovative technologies across the sectors of renewables, energy storage, water, artificial intelligence, health, space, and mobility.

Dr. Nicolas Calvet, Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Khalifa University and Principal Investigator of the project, said the project will run for 12 months and provide valuable performance data for a full year’s weather cycle.

 

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