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Klimatec's AirWater Pulls Water from Thin Air

The Klimatec’s Base 1 AirWater machine is a promising technology for supplying clean drinking water from ambient air. The machine is able to pull as much as 5 gallons of water from ambient air every 24 hours.It does this by blowing air into chambers where cooled coils cause condensation. The resulting water is run through an active carbon filter to remove any solids and canadian pharmacy shop then through a UV chamber to kill off bacteria. The AirWater has a heater and refrigeration unit so it can dispense hot or cold water.

This is best price for generic viagra could be a super cool fountain for geeks to congregate around in the office; however, not only does it suck water from air, but it also pulls loads of electricity from your wall outlet. While Klimatec has a solar-powered version, it will take a 480W panel to operate, so that just means some big solar panels taking up space, and probably significantly adding to the tramadol 180 saturday price of the machine.

This energy factor makes it impractical for both of its two foreseeable markets – first, the aforementioned high-tech/geek-friendly office space, and second, places short on levitra 6 free samples water supply, and therefore likely short on money and electricity. Considering it can come equipped with a mini-fridge, I have a feeling the former is more likely who they have their eye on, especially considering the lower tech, more practical water-trapping solutions already available for rural areas. The only other market I can picture is richer countries who feel the tightening up on fresh water supplies. By the time something like this is practical to the public, the technology may be more energy efficient.

Five gallons of fresh, filtered water every 24 hours is quite a lot, especially when used in areas where water is tight and people know how to conserve drinking water. But that still means it only provides enough drinking water for a handful of people every day. Quite a few of these will be needed to handle large numbers of users. Also, how much humidity in the air is required to get the amount of water claimed? And how much will this sucker cost? contacted Klimatec for these last two details and is waiting for a reply. We’ll keep an eye out for any updates. Despite all these issues, it is buy levitra uk a technology well worth pursuing and I’m glad to see Klimatec making a good start of order levitra now it.

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written by Clinch, July 09, 2008
Isn't this just a dehumidifier with a few slight changes?

Currently it doesn't seem practical, but if this is just a prototype, and they intend on increasing the efficiency (by a lot) then it could become a good idea, but currently it just isn't.
Vancouver BC
written by CMDC, July 09, 2008
I can really only think of one profitable market off the buy viagra canada top of my head: Vancouver, BC. Few people know of the looming water crisis in Vancouver which is actually beginning to make itself felt occasionally. It seems ridiculous that a city in the Northwest with more rain than practically anywhere else in the North American temperate zone should have potable water problems, but there it is. Vancouver is drawing down its groundwater reserves fast enough that their aquifers will draw in salt water from the surrounding ocean in a few years (possibly less than ten). Because the ambient humidity is so high, this technology has real possibilities when combined with aggressive water conservation. I love Vancouver and would hate to cialis daily online cialis daily see it crippled from lack of potable water.

This technology will never have massive market demand but Vancouver alone (with its large population and relatively wealthy population) could be enough to keep a small company afloat for several years. I only hope these guys diversify their product line intelligently and don't get too ambitious for their own good.
written by bob, July 09, 2008
I grew up with a dehumidifier in my basement.
I tasted the water once on a dare, nasty.
They better have some pretty good filtering on this thing.

Also, won't dehumidifying office air exacerbate static electricity problems? I can see lots of dead laptops thanks to lower than normal humidity.
written by DeusEx, July 09, 2008
This would be great to use in open space parks, where the solar panels could be used as shading; or at mass transit stops/shelters.

Come one Klimatec...think outside of the box!
written by Rob, July 09, 2008
This would work well in Australia. There is a lack of fresh water but the humidity is high. If they can bring the energy consumption down, it'll be great.

I wonder how the price of energy compares with the cost of my canadian pharmacy online having water delivered? And how about the energy required in running the water bottling plant and transporting it to offices (by truck)?
written by GSM, July 16, 2008
Use deep ocean water as the chiller & solar/wind for pump power for large scale coastal applications.

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