Extract drinking water from thin air? It can be done

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Extract drinking water from thin air? It can be done

Spanish engineer says his machine can condensate water from air even in the desert

Mariano Valladolid and Jon Nazca

A Spanish company has devised a system to extract drinking water from thin air to supply arid regions where people are in desperate need.

“The goal is to help people,” said Enrique Veiga, the 82-year-old engineer who invented the machine during a harsh drought in southern Spain in the 1990s. “The goal is to get to places such as refugee camps that don’t have drinking water.”

The devices made by his company, Aquaer, are already delivering clean, safe water to communities in Namibia and a Lebanese refugee camp...

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