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.
Results flooded our best expectations when we tested the Droppler 20 in the climate room of the Dutch Ministry of Defense last week. We harvested nearly 29 liters (7.7 gallons) of fresh water from the air! Our goal, using the hybrid portable solar-powered 24-volt plug-and-play device was 20 liters per day.
It was also beyond encouraging that in Sub-Sahara conditions (39C/109F – RH 43%), our system produced 21 liters per day. Conventional technology stops working in these temperatures! We then turned up the heat and lowered the relative humidity to 44C/RH 14%, and still produced nearly 6 liters of water!
Who would have thought this was possible? And who bring this green and innovative technology to the market?
SunGlacier is proud to announce that we are selected to design a new and innovative – solar powered – water from air production unit for the Dutch Pavilion at the World Expo 2020 in Dubai. The unit will harvest on average 500 liters of fresh water per day from the surrounding desert air. Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Sigrid Kaag, filled a bottle of SunGlacier water at the Dutch beaches for the Dubai Groundbreaking Ceremony.
The unique bottle was shipped to Dubai where Consul General and Commissioner-General, Hans Sandee, presented it to Najeeb Mohammed Al-Ali, Executive Director of Expo 2020 Dubai.
Is it possible to grow our food with only sunshine? – Water out of Air -, climate control and grow lights by solar energy. Until now science-fiction, but since today reality. Wrapped in an Art Project I demonstrate a new solution to cope with drought and a rising demand for food. It soon will be possible to grow our food everywhere, even in a desert. #SunstainableDevelopmentGoals
Last week The Dutch Embassy in Muscat, Oman, invited us to present the SunGlacier project at the Water and Energy Conference, as well as at EU-GCC Water Energy Nexus.
The week before we crossed the hot and dry Wahiba Desert, to investigate if we were able to harvest water from air, only powered by a small solar panel. We didn’t expect that the sun already provides sufficient energy at 6:30 AM, while the air is so humid that all our gear turned soaking wet. It’s such a is misunderstanding that all deserts are extremely dry. Oman, known as a “desert country” has many regions, that are more likely a rain forest. It’s only a matter of making a mind switch to see the opportunities that could benefit these regions.
The great team of the Dutch Embassy organized the conferences into perfection. We were overwhelmed by all introductions, many new friendships were born. SunGlacier is just before launching new technologies that will raise some eyebrows in the water harvesting world. The Oman location was the ideal setting to unveil the first details of this new technology. ( not shown on the picture)