What started as the “Art meets Science” project SunGlacier, resulted in the deliverance of the 2 first Droppler machines to the Dutch Ministry of Defense. This innovative technology is able to harvest efficiently water from air in almost all parts of the world. CD&E – The department Concept Development and Experimentation helped us in making a dream come true. Thank you for all support to find a real solution for an urgent climate problem: the lack of clean water.
The SunGlacier water production unit from the inside. The 20 foot container will be installed on top of the Dutch pavilion at the World Expo in Dubai. Test runs in Dutch conditions already proved that this new technology is a break-through in harvesting atmospheric water. The Dutch pavilion at the World Expo shows and experiences the future of this planet by uniting water, energy and food.
Marjan van Aubel is the designer of the Dutch Pavilion’s solar roof. These special designed solar panels will provide the SunGlacier installation with power. Marjan succeeded to push the frontiers of solar design, collaborating with engineers, scientists and other energy pioneers to create smarter and more beautiful iterations of solar technology.
a cross section of the Dutch Pavilion @ World Expo Dubai. Designed by V8 architects
We build inside the – Water from Air – SunGlacier container a growing waterfall: the water volume grows while falling down. We already produced 100’s of liters/day during our test runs in The Netherlands. Next step is the installation at the Dutch pavilion @ Dubai World Expo 2020.
The Dutch company -RAW paints- painted our World Expo container in white. Their special paint is unique: Zero Volatile Organic Compounds, Zero pesticides, and Zero Titanium Dioxide. More information on www.rawpaints.comThank you so much!!!!!
From the first design, we have taken into account that our technology must be accessible to as many people as possible. Therefore we always pursued a highly efficient, clean, durable and easy-to-maintain system. This Droppler20 produces up to 30 liters of clean water per day. This lightweight compact device is built into a mobile flight case. It is easy to transport and tough for travel.
We developed this compact machine with multiple power options: a 24 volt connection, so it can be directly connected to a solar energy installation, powered by a battery, or plugged into a power grid. With a cooling capacity from 80 – 620W, this highly intelligent system produces up to 3 liters of water per kWh.
The concept of SunGlacier Technology
Conventional water de-humidifying technologies did not meet our requirements. They were developed for other applications: to dehumidify a closed space or to cool air. Our emphasis has always been to extract as much as possible water from outside air, as efficiently as possible. After many years of empirical research we succeeded in inventing a new (patented) method of condensation.
During the development of our technology we took the approach that if something works well on a small scale, then it can often be replicated on a larger scale. From the start, we were focused on a portable size off-grid application, powered by solar energy: a new and autonomously working, water source running on renewable energy. With this goal, our aim has been to build a super effective system, harvesting a high volume of water with a low amount of energy.
We succeeded and after many years of testing, the first Droppler20 is a reality.
The function of extracting water from air depends on climate conditions. We have managed to nearly cover the globe with our new technology: climates with a dew point from 5 Celsius to approximately 50 degrees Celsius outside temperature, 10% to 100% relative humidity.
At the Netherlands Pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai, designers and artists are shining the spotlight on technological innovation. Not only do they add aesthetic value through the power of their imagination; they also help promote a wider acceptance of new technology, resulting in a more beautiful and better world. A spectacular interior. For 150 years now, world fairs have made an important contribution to the history of architecture. A number of structures erected for a world fair are still standing today, such as the Eiffel Tower and the Atomium. This will not be the case for the Netherlands Pavilion in Dubai, which will be completely dismantled after the Expo is over, leaving a minimal footprint. But its impact will be no less for that. V8 Architects deliberately opted for a neutral exterior and simple construction materials. More info and press release.
Later we will make important announcements regarding the introduction of that spectacular technology (for the Netherlands Department of Defense). The public will be able to see this portable device that is generating buckets of water per day in world’s most extreme climates. It can run on solar energy, car battery, or by connecting to a power grid. An innovation that will change the world.
99% of the MAX amount of WATER! Yes, we’ve reached up to 99% of the theoretical volume of water that can be extracted from air with our newest technology. This milestone is the result of years of experimentation together with my friend Peter van Geloven on an optimistic concept for humans and our planet. A result from an artist and a technician who both refuse to dream inside of borders. In a few weeks we will present our first real compact and mobile device, producing buckets instead of glasses of fresh and clean water per day.