This Carbon-Negative Generator Makes Drinkable Water out of Thin Air

Scientific Water News from Popular Mechanics – A high-volume water generator that can create water out of precipitation, and can be used in any climate, has been awarded a $1.5 million XPrize. The culmination of a two-year water extraction competition, the Skysource/Skywater Alliance was awarded for developing the machine that can produce, at minimum, 2,000 liters of water per day from the atmosphere using 100 percent renewable energy. Like many innovations, the new machine steals from nature. With the acronym WEDEW (for Wood-to-Energy Deployed Water System), it creates its own clouds within a box the size of a shipping container. Powered by wood chips and similar biomass, the WEDEW draws warm air from outside and sends it through an antimicrobial air filter to remove impurities. Once inside the box, the WEDEW introduces the warm air to generated cold air inside. This produces condensation. (more)

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Darren Suen has been selected for the Board’s new Policy Advisor position. He performed this function in Acting capacity for the last year, working to raise awareness about the Board’s role in flood management and to advance flood policies that support public safety and provide benefits to the environment and agriculture communities. Prior, Darren was the Department of Water Resources serving as Program Lead and Policy Advisor for the Assistant Division Chief of the Flood Management Division and the Deputy Director in Flood Operations Center during flood emergencies. Darren has a long career in program management and flood control, working in private, State, and federal agencies. Currently, he also serves as a member of the Elk Grove City Council. Congratulations to Darren!

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