The Australian Renewable Energy Agency announced on Monday that it will be spending almost $500,000 to purchase 150 solar-powered devices that will hopefully suck water right from the air in drought-ridden parts of Australia.
The devices, known as Source, will be manufactured by Arizona-based company Zero Mass Water.
Which weight a little less than 140 kilograms, use fans that draw air from the outside, through the panel’s air filter that is made of a hygroscopic material that attracts water molecules from the air.
The panels are approximately 2.4 meters by 1.2 meters, and can hold up to thirty liters of water each.
ARENA is hoping that these panels will help reduce plastic waste in drought-stricken areas of Australia, and Zero Mass Water have stated that even when humidity levels are as low as 10 percent, Source is still able to produce 2 liters of water per day.
Zero Mass Water has Source hydropanels deployed in 10 countries around the world, and they will become more common as climate change makes water sources more and more scarce.
Just recently, South Africa’s capital, Cape Town, had their water reservoirs completely dried.