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A Billboard That Creates Drinkable Water Out of Thin Air

March 9, 2013
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A Billboard That Creates Drinkable Water Out of Thin Air

We are not the only ones thinking of how to use atmospheric water in places where water is scarce. Here’s a project the University of Engineering and Technology of Peru (UTEC). The students turned a billboard into an atmospheric water collector and added a tap for everyone to use! Check it out:
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Greenification of Qatar Using Atmospheric Water

November 19, 2012
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Greenification of Qatar Using Atmospheric Water

There’s a very interesting project being launched in Qatar this month — sea water is collected by evaporators and used to create an oasis in the middle of a desert: The ultimate aim of the Sahara Forest Project is to return vast areas of desert back to life, providing food, water and clean energy...
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The Energy Lab

October 2, 2012
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The Energy Lab

We’ve got an invitation to The Energy Lab — EDF’s new pavilion in France, featuring the winning designs from the EDF Sustainable Design Challenge. Below is the invitation in full. Sadly, we won’t be going… EDF is proud to invite you to the opening of The Energy Lab where you can visit the “Design...
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DRIPS Prototypes

March 3, 2012
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DRIPS Prototypes

So now we have three prototypes: two from India and one locally-produced. They are very different. But the latest version is what we are sending to EDF for the EDF Pavilion Exhibition at the London Summer Olympics Games. Check them out:
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DRIP tech job post

February 17, 2012
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DRIP tech job post

Just read a post from DRIPtech — they want a product designer who can help them design “affordable irrigation technologies for small-plot farmers in developing countries”! Well, that’s us! Check out the post: Job Posting: Director of Product Design
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First Glimpse of DRIPS from India

February 15, 2012
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First Glimpse of DRIPS from India

We just got our first glimpse of DRIPS from India — these were produced in India and are being shipped to us now. Can’t wait to see them in person!
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Chhatre’s Aluminum Fog Mesh

January 21, 2012
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There was an interesting article in the Economist about a chemist, Mr. Chhatre, who developed interesting coatings for aluminum mesh to increase their fog collecting properties. He’s starting a test project in South Africa. We can use technology like this as one of the possible top to the DRIPS project. Since the his invention...
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TechShop in San Francisco

October 6, 2011
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TechShop in San Francisco

UC Berkeley community of product designers recommended we check out TechShop. We need to build a prototype of D.R.I.P.S. by end of December!
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The EDF Sustainable Design Challenge Video

August 8, 2011
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The EDF Sustainable Design Challenge Video

EDF has put up a video of the judging of the projects, the award presentation ceremony, the party, and some interviews of the teachers that shepherded their students through this competition. Here it is below and here’s a link to the EDF web site. Enjoy! We did. EDF DESIGN CHALLENGE The first edition finalists...
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We Won

August 4, 2011
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We Won

It’s official: the D.R.I.P.S. project is one of the eight winners of the EDF Sustainable Design Challenge. We now have to work out more of the details of the project and test it out. We’ll putting up more updates as we go along on this blog. The final project will be featured in the...
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Solar Water Distillation

July 9, 2011
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As long as there’s some water available, it can be turned into drinking water and into water for growing crops. iDew is a simple solar water distiller—similar to what was built in the show Voyage of the Mimi. Take a look:
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EDF Twitter Feed

July 8, 2011
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Here’s a Twitter feed from the EDF Design Challenge. The results of the July 12th jury will be announced there.
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Supercomputer Waters the Lawn

July 5, 2011
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Supercomputer Waters the Lawn

Scientific American just published an article on the use of computers to conserve water: “Satellite control of company and municipal irrigation systems, based on custom weather data, saves billions of gallons of water nationwide.” The article, “Smart Irrigation: A Supercomputer Waters the Lawn” by Ingfei Chen, was published on July 4, 2011 in the...
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Grow Trees in the Desert: WATERBOXX

June 28, 2011
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We found another design solution for dew collection: WATERBOXX. Groasis waterboxx was elected Popular Science’s 2010 Best Innovation of the Year. Waterboxx was invented by Pieter Hoff. His ideas was to help trees grow in dry environments and replant the desert. The idea is to catch rain water and dew and store it inside...
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Carrying Water on Their Heads

June 8, 2011
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Here’s why D.R.I.P.S. can make a difference: time spent fetching and carrying water on their heads can be spent on education, family, community, work, or simply relaxing. Like water, time is a precious resource that shouldn’t be wasted! Wouldn’t it be great if they could use their heads for something else?
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