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Tatooine tech comes to Israel

by Adam Wills

June 6, 2007 | 2:47 pm

Two Technion students have figured out how to make moisture vaporators. Moisture vaporators, people! Can genetically engineered banthas be far behind?

The WatAir,

developed by Joseph Cory (Geotectura) and Eyal Malka (Malka Architects), is an inverted pyramid array of panels that collects dew from the air and turns it into fresh water in almost any climate. The project took first place in the Arup

Drawing Water Challenge, beating out 100 entries from North America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Inspired by the dew-collecting properties of leaves, one 315 sq ft WatAir unit can extract at least 48 liters of fresh water from the air each day. Depending on the number of collectors used, an unlimited daily supply of water could be produced even in remote and polluted places.

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