MIT researchers will water the deserts

January 15, 2017
in Blog

In recent years, many projects have been created to irrigate the deserts, but some of them have not come out of the water. Perhaps it will be the latest invention of MIT students who have developed an efficient device to collect water directly from the mist.

Their invention is able to collect about 10 percent of the moisture from which it is composed of fog. The design is not ultra-modern technology, but an ordinary mesh where moisture condenses and then flows into special tanks. The effectiveness of the project may not be sensational, but it is not small.

Every day from the cubic meter of the grid can collect about 10 liters of water. More importantly, it is easy to set up such a picker, and if we need more efficiency, we simply add more mesh. It is also important that the gadget is completely maintenance-free and requires only occasional cleaning of dust and insects.

The developers of the system have tested it in the Chilean desert of Atacama, which is the most dry place on our planet. This is where systems like this are tested, because it is the best test ground. Considering the effectiveness of the solution, it may be a good way to supply water in developing countries where it can be piped to unprofitable.