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Published on November 5th, 2008 | by Amiel Blajchman

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How to Make Water from Thin Air

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EWA Technologies Group has developed a new technology that harnesses the natural humidity in the air, and converts that moisture into drinking water. The process works in three stages: Adsorption of water from the air (getting the water out of the air); desorption of the water (releasing the water out of the containing material); and condensation of the drinking water.

The first, and probably most critical phase is that of removing the ambient moisture from the air. This is accomplished by using a desiccant material (something that will attract moisture). Since this process actually releases heat, very minimal electricity consumption is required. Basically, all that’s needed is something to keep the air flowing.

Releasing the water entails a combination of wind drying, heating and negative pressure (a vacuum). Using this combination of techniques requires only moderate heat (about 60º C).

Finally, since the steam is at a very low pressure, it begins to spontaneously condense. Using the heat recovery unit cools the steam further and prevents heat loss, allowing the reuse of up to 80% of inputted energy.

What does all that mean? Under some circumstances, water production is about US $0.50 per cubic meter of water. And that’s worth drinking to.

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Amiel is the founder of the Globalis Group, an organization whose motto is "combining action and thought for a sustainable world." His experience includes working with the Canadian government on greenspace projects, sustainable development programs and on policy documents on issues as diverse as climate change, sustainable development, and the environmental and social impacts of transportation. He is listed on the UN’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory’s list of GHG experts, and has sat on the Canadian Environmental Certifications Board’s Greenhouse Gas Verification and Validation Certification committee.



  • ayub taibi

    P.S. its not that anyone can do this but you should try to make your OWN WATER out of 2 HYDROGENS and 1 OXYGEN.

  • ayub taibi

    P.S. its not that anyone can do this but you should try to make your OWN WATER out of 2 HYDROGENS and 1 OXYGEN.

    • Steven

      “To produce two molecules of water (H2O), two molecules of diatomic hydrogen (H2) must be combined with one molecule of diatomic oxygen (O2). Energy will be released in the process.”

      The energy release is an explosion, a simple spark in the presence of hydrogen and oxygen gases is all it takes. The resulting release of energy is anything from a pop to a Hindenburg blip explosion depending on the levels of gas you’re dealing with, and in doing so, you have merged hydrogen and oxygen to form water. There are other ways to create water without the explosion issue, even using alcohols, metals, or rocks, but I don’t know much about that, just that it exists.

  • ayub taibi

    wow! this sucks! anyone can do that im not saying it doesnt take skill but i want to know how to make my own water from 2 hdrogens and 1 oxygen. i know how but i dont know the steps to do it. its possible but i just need a physics lab to do it. 1st you have 1 oxygen and 2 hydrogens compressed and you also need a spark, no matter what it is a ligher a rock or anything you need a natural park not made from gas.

  • ayub taibi

    wow! this sucks! anyone can do that im not saying it doesnt take skill but i want to know how to make my own water from 2 hdrogens and 1 oxygen. i know how but i dont know the steps to do it. its possible but i just need a physics lab to do it. 1st you have 1 oxygen and 2 hydrogens compressed and you also need a spark, no matter what it is a ligher a rock or anything you need a natural park not made from gas.

  • ayub taibi

    wow! this sucks! anyone can do that im not saying it doesnt take skill but i want to know how to make my own water from 2 hdrogens and 1 oxygen. i know how but i dont know the steps to do it. its possible but i just need a physics lab to do it. 1st you have 1 oxygen and 2 hydrogens compressed and you also need a spark, no matter what it is a ligher a rock or anything you need a natural park not made from gas.

    • Christian

      first you need to initiate the hydrogen and oxygen reaction then you need to capture the water vapor from the reaction and last you need to condense the water vapor sounds easy but it all hast to be instantaneously  

  • http://www.wt-ewa.com Etan Bar

    Being the inventor, just want to correct, $0.5/cubic meter is based on available heat source (solar, waste/residual heat, biomass etc.). By investing conventional fuel the water cost is $1.5-2. We also integrating Gasification technology, integrated with the water plant, that make it possible to use organic waste as energy source – this makes the water even cheaper. For additional question please apply to ewatech@bezeqint.net.

  • http://www.wt-ewa.com Etan Bar

    Being the inventor, just want to correct, $0.5/cubic meter is based on available heat source (solar, waste/residual heat, biomass etc.). By investing conventional fuel the water cost is $1.5-2. We also integrating Gasification technology, integrated with the water plant, that make it possible to use organic waste as energy source – this makes the water even cheaper. For additional question please apply to ewatech@bezeqint.net.

  • http://www.wt-ewa.com Etan Bar

    Being the inventor, just want to correct, $0.5/cubic meter is based on available heat source (solar, waste/residual heat, biomass etc.). By investing conventional fuel the water cost is $1.5-2. We also integrating Gasification technology, integrated with the water plant, that make it possible to use organic waste as energy source – this makes the water even cheaper. For additional question please apply to ewatech@bezeqint.net.

  • D-MAN

    Water will be the next commodity. in areas where water is in short supply like these arid regions, supply and demand will make the price of water very hight. The way you get water whether it be from the air or from the sky or from the ground doesn’t have to be efficient just cost effective. I think someday we will be investing in water futures like we do in oil.

  • D-MAN

    Water will be the next commodity. in areas where water is in short supply like these arid regions, supply and demand will make the price of water very hight. The way you get water whether it be from the air or from the sky or from the ground doesn’t have to be efficient just cost effective. I think someday we will be investing in water futures like we do in oil.

  • D-MAN

    Water will be the next commodity. in areas where water is in short supply like these arid regions, supply and demand will make the price of water very hight. The way you get water whether it be from the air or from the sky or from the ground doesn’t have to be efficient just cost effective. I think someday we will be investing in water futures like we do in oil.

  • Kurt

    Well, i immagine this tecnology (wich isn’t new, since the concept has been utilised in arid countries agriculture for millenias) is a possibility for usage in arid countries, where it doesn’t rain (or doesn’t rain enough). Passat winds are generally transporting humidity from the desert belts to the poles, so extracting water from air in arid regions is a viable method, since water costs ammount to even 6 $/m³ in some regions.

    I seriously doubt the costs beeing 0,5 $/m³ in this reagions though, since the output of the device will be significantly lower, wich may skyrocket the cubic price.

    Reminds me a little of Frank Herberts Dune Wind Traps ;-)

  • Kurt

    Well, i immagine this tecnology (wich isn’t new, since the concept has been utilised in arid countries agriculture for millenias) is a possibility for usage in arid countries, where it doesn’t rain (or doesn’t rain enough). Passat winds are generally transporting humidity from the desert belts to the poles, so extracting water from air in arid regions is a viable method, since water costs ammount to even 6 $/m³ in some regions.

    I seriously doubt the costs beeing 0,5 $/m³ in this reagions though, since the output of the device will be significantly lower, wich may skyrocket the cubic price.

    Reminds me a little of Frank Herberts Dune Wind Traps ;-)

  • Kurt

    Well, i immagine this tecnology (wich isn’t new, since the concept has been utilised in arid countries agriculture for millenias) is a possibility for usage in arid countries, where it doesn’t rain (or doesn’t rain enough). Passat winds are generally transporting humidity from the desert belts to the poles, so extracting water from air in arid regions is a viable method, since water costs ammount to even 6 $/m³ in some regions.

    I seriously doubt the costs beeing 0,5 $/m³ in this reagions though, since the output of the device will be significantly lower, wich may skyrocket the cubic price.

    Reminds me a little of Frank Herberts Dune Wind Traps ;-)

  • http://url.ie/h1b?169421208 web

    I’m a little confused… why not wait until it rains, fills up the reservoirs, and get water from the reservoirs?

  • http://url.ie/h1b?169421208 web

    I’m a little confused… why not wait until it rains, fills up the reservoirs, and get water from the reservoirs?

    • Isaiahmanderville

      it coo.l

    • ggooch19

      Because the rain, mud puddles, runoff streams, water in your flooded basement and rain barrel, and reservoirs are regulated by the fascist, tyrannical, EPA. Another destructive, evil, Frankenstein government agency created by a progressive/RINO congress.

  • http://url.ie/h1b?169421208 web

    I’m a little confused… why not wait until it rains, fills up the reservoirs, and get water from the reservoirs?

  • Mr. Sinister

    In related news, researchers at Stumbleon University have developed a revolutionary device which they claim will result in significant reductions in energy consumption by the transportation sector. They’re calling this game-changing device “the wheel”, and have created a startup company to license the technology for commercialization. Researchers believe this new technology may one day render the horse obsolete.

  • Mr. Sinister

    In related news, researchers at Stumbleon University have developed a revolutionary device which they claim will result in significant reductions in energy consumption by the transportation sector. They’re calling this game-changing device “the wheel”, and have created a startup company to license the technology for commercialization. Researchers believe this new technology may one day render the horse obsolete.

    • ggooch19

      The Ovomit regime has already jumped onto this new “wheel” technology and Ovomit regime scientists have declared that it will contribute to global climate change and must be regulated and controlled by Ovomit’s appointed czars and demons in the EPA……..and, of course taxed on a per revolution basis.

  • Mr. Sinister

    In related news, researchers at Stumbleon University have developed a revolutionary device which they claim will result in significant reductions in energy consumption by the transportation sector. They’re calling this game-changing device “the wheel”, and have created a startup company to license the technology for commercialization. Researchers believe this new technology may one day render the horse obsolete.

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