Background Research

We are doing a lot of research to gather the necessary materials and to find information that supports our Deep Root Irrigation Precipitation System. The posts in this section show what we have done so far.

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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Hydrophobic Coating for DRIPS

April 19, 2012
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Daikin Industries from Japan developed a hydrophobic coating. This is just the thing for D.R.I.P.S. — we want to be able to coat our atmospheric water collector so that every single drop of moisture gets delivered to the roots of plants.
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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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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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Cost of Chicken Project

November 23, 2011
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Cost of Chicken Project

This year (2011), we are still focusing on food. We want to know the true cost of food — its price; the distance it traveled to get to our dinner tables; the people who grew it; the methods that were used to grow it; how it was produced; how good is it for us...
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Thinking about water pumps

October 30, 2011
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There’s an interesting blog post about water pumps. There needs to be a cheap and easy solution for people to pump water out of the ground. Here’s the article: BUILDING A BETTER MOUSETRAP IS ONLY THE BEGINNING
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World Agroforestry Centre’s Impact Assessment Report

October 16, 2011
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There’s an interesting report on the use of trees in agriculture — how intermixing the trees among the crop fields actually produces higher yields. Part of the problem discussed in the report is poor water management among rural farmers. Here’s quote: “In Africa, it is generally agreed that poor soil management — along with...
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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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Drip Irrigation Driven by Fog in Santiago

July 4, 2011
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Domingos is a farmer living in the highlands of Serra Malagueta. He says that they get 1000 liters per day from one of his fog nets! He grows potatoes, many different varieties, like we did. Check out the cool use of old beer bottles—he recycles them to help build his structures for farming. The...
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Videos on Fog Collection Around the World

July 1, 2011
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To make our collection of resources a bit more international in scope, here are few videos we found on how to make fog collectors with cheap materials and use them around the globe. Enjoy! The cool addition here are the fans inside the cage that lower the temperature for better fog collection (at least...
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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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