Posts Tagged ‘ Desert ’

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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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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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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Qualitative and Quantitative Evaluation

November 28, 2010
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EDF Evaluation Question: “Please estimate your project benefits for the plant and people, demonstrating its sustainable potential.” and “If a qualitative evaluation is possible, please prescribe the impact of your project, listing your sources and the evaluation tool applied.” Answer: D.R.I.P.S. project is designed to reduce Water Footprint, Preserve Raw Materials, and add to...
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Environmental Conditions of the Soil

November 22, 2010
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DRIPS Illustration of Environmental Conditions

The illustration above shows two soil levels: Water Penetration Level—the depth at which surface water no longer seep through and Evaporation water Level—the depth at which water that is in the soil can’t be evaporated by the day time heat of the surface weather above These levels can be ordered as shown or an...
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Evapotranspiration

November 21, 2010
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Information on evapotranspiration from Wikipedia: “Potential evapotranspiration supplements the measurement of rainfall in providing a scientific measurement-based definition of a desert. The water budget of an area can be calculated using the formula P − PE ± S, wherein P is precipitation, PE is potential evapotranspiration rates and S is amount of surface storage...
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Encyclopedia of Deserts

November 21, 2010
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“Encyclopedia of Deserts” by Michael A. Mares, Oklahoma Museum of Natural History (Norman, Okla.) is a good source of information on dew formation in the desert. Here’s a quote from page 177: “It is not exactly known how much dew forms on plants in desert areas, although it rage from 10 millimeters in cold...
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Definition of a Desert

November 21, 2010
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Here’s a link to wikipedia’s definition of a desert. Here you can learn about precipitation averages in a desert environment.
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