- Area of Sustainability: Water
Many regions around the world still lack easy access to clean drinking water. People have to walk vast distances to get water and carry all the water needed for the day on their way back. This is true for military operations too, where access and transportation of clean water in many remote expeditions is a challenge.
2. The technology: Portable drinking water harvesting from the air
- Honeywell was recently awarded a defense contract to develop a portable device that would harvest water from air droplets to help the military and non-profit organizations (NGOs) around the world to bring clean drinking water to those in need.
- This device would use little power to sustain an individual’s daily drinking water needs (5-7 liters a day) and weigh about 5 pounds, making it easy to transport. The device will incorporate the metal-organic framework (MOF) technology, which would absorb water particles from the surrounding air to provide clean drinking water.
- It is estimated that the initial prototype of this device would be completed in a year and a half.
- The contract was awarded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), part of the United States Department of Defense. The technology is being developed as part of DARPA’s Atmospheric Water Extraction Program (AWE). Honeywell has partnered with NuMat Technologies (an advanced materials technology company) and Northwestern University to assist with this project. More information here: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/honeywell-led-team-creating-a-portable-device-that-extracts-drinking-water-from-air-301289664.html
- NGOs in remote or arid regions
- Research scientists in remote or water scarce locations
4. The first 3 steps in deploying this technology:
- Compile a list of regions where this technology would be most effective
- Prioritize a region for a pilot study
- If the pilot study is a success, distribute this device to military in remote locations around the world