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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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REVOLUTIONIZE ACCESS TO FRESH WATER

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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

October 2016
Prize Launch & Registration Opens
December 2016
Revised Competition Guidelines Released
April 28, 2017
Registration Deadline
May 2017
Online Team Conference
May 2017
Design Submission Deadline
January 2018
Round 1 Testing
February 2018
First Team Summit & Top 5 Teams announced
July 2018
Second Team Summit & Round 2 Testing
July 2018
Business Plan Submission Deadline
August 2018
Award and Announcement of Grand Prize Winner

Media Mentions

April 18, 2017

The availability of safe water is essential for health. But in the island states that neighbour Australia, being surrounded by water does not mean that safe water is available. In fact, only 1 percent of the earth’s water resources can be used for human consumption.

April 13, 2017
Zenia talks extensively on the work being done by XPRIZE on making affordable and scalable innovation available to billions of people across the globe. The Water Scarcity Mapping that Zenia mentions in her interview is a great way of knowing which parts of the world are most affected or will be affe
February 16, 2017
Technology extracting water from air for as little as 2 cents per litre could provide people in some of the most arid parts of the world with easy access to fresh potable water in as little as two years, the XPRIZE Foundation believes.

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