Presentation Title

A NOVEL LOW-COST PORTABLE SOLAR-POWERED ATMOSPHERIC WATER GENERATOR

Faculty Mentor

SAGIL JAMES

Start Date

17-11-2018 8:30 AM

End Date

17-11-2018 10:30 AM

Location

HARBESON 45

Session

POSTER 1

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

engineering_computer_science

Abstract

Each year, millions of people are threatened across the globe by natural disasters leaving them stranded without access to clean water. With an average of 380 naturally occurring disasters per year, it is essential to come up with a solution to prevent the countless deaths that are caused by dehydration. Approximately 2.2 million people, including 1.5 million children die each year from water-borne illness and dehydration. A possible solution to this problem is to harness the water from humid air. Air contains moisture in vapor form, and converting this moisture into drinkable water could change the lives of millions of people around the globe who do not have access to safe drinking water. Existing systems that use this process are pluggable devices which are mostly ineffective in regions affected by natural disasters. This project focusses on designing a novel low-cost portable air-to-water generator system powered by solar energy and batteries. The proposed method uses an air compressor based cooling system to draw a substantial amount of water from the air for use in emergency situations. The novel design of the system makes it more reliable and cost-efficient when compared to other methods of water generation. Since the system has minimal components, it can be fabricated cost-effectively, is easy-to-repair, and its portability allows easy installation. Study involves investigating several concepts of the air-to-water generation system including analysis of the heat exchanger, properties of the air in the system, and the usage of power throughout the process. This proposed technology can potentially benefit millions of people particularly to impoverished areas without access to clean drinking water. Conceptual designs, feasibility analysis, along with cost analysis will be presented as part of this project.

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Nov 17th, 8:30 AM Nov 17th, 10:30 AM

A NOVEL LOW-COST PORTABLE SOLAR-POWERED ATMOSPHERIC WATER GENERATOR

HARBESON 45

Each year, millions of people are threatened across the globe by natural disasters leaving them stranded without access to clean water. With an average of 380 naturally occurring disasters per year, it is essential to come up with a solution to prevent the countless deaths that are caused by dehydration. Approximately 2.2 million people, including 1.5 million children die each year from water-borne illness and dehydration. A possible solution to this problem is to harness the water from humid air. Air contains moisture in vapor form, and converting this moisture into drinkable water could change the lives of millions of people around the globe who do not have access to safe drinking water. Existing systems that use this process are pluggable devices which are mostly ineffective in regions affected by natural disasters. This project focusses on designing a novel low-cost portable air-to-water generator system powered by solar energy and batteries. The proposed method uses an air compressor based cooling system to draw a substantial amount of water from the air for use in emergency situations. The novel design of the system makes it more reliable and cost-efficient when compared to other methods of water generation. Since the system has minimal components, it can be fabricated cost-effectively, is easy-to-repair, and its portability allows easy installation. Study involves investigating several concepts of the air-to-water generation system including analysis of the heat exchanger, properties of the air in the system, and the usage of power throughout the process. This proposed technology can potentially benefit millions of people particularly to impoverished areas without access to clean drinking water. Conceptual designs, feasibility analysis, along with cost analysis will be presented as part of this project.