Creating Water From Thin Air

The Water Abundance XPRIZE is a $1.75 million competition, challenging teams to alleviate the global water crisis with energy-efficient technologies that harvest fresh water from thin air. Teams will revolutionize access to fresh water by creating a device that extracts a minimum of 2,000 liters of water per day from the atmosphere using 100% renewable energy, at a cost of no more than 2 cents per liter.



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  • Half of the global population lives in areas where water tables are rapidly falling.
  • There are over 3 quadrillion gallons of untapped water in the atmosphere, or enough to meet the needs of every person on the planet for a year.
  • By 2025, an estimated 1.8 billion people will live in areas plagued by water scarcity.

Prize Progress

Prize Progress

Media Mentions

December 15, 2016
When T Pradeep, professor at IIT Madras, began to work on solving the world’s water scarcity problem, one of his first inspirations was the darkling beetles living in deserts. 
December 6, 2016

Sponsors hope everyday ‘makers’ can jump-start progress in smartphone voice recognition, carbon emissions and new uses for canned tuna.

November 21, 2016
XPRIZE, an organization that calls itself an ‘innovation engine’, believes that “solutions can come from anyone, anywhere” and that “some of the greatest minds remain untapped”.

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