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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.
- 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.
Can you pluck fresh, clean drinking water out of thin air? The Water Abundance XPRIZE has shortlisted five companies that think they can. After kicking off with the literal moonshot prize back in 2004, the XPRIZE foundation tries to solve global problems that industry sees no profit in.
Teams who are coming up with proposed solutions to a global water crisis have moved up to the next stage of the $1.75 million Water Abundance XPRIZE, and the grand prize winner will be made known on August 18.
A pioneering University of Newcastle research team that has developed technology to produce drinking water from thin air is preparing to showcase its revolutionary work on the world stage.