World’s 1st renewable energy project to extract water from air to launch in Abu Dhabi

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Desk Reporter
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US-based water technologies company, AQUOVUM, in partnership with Masdar and Khalifa University of Science and Technology, will launch the world’s first project to produce commercial volumes of an uninterrupted water supply from a sustainable source, making it carbon-free in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi.

The initiative, which is beginning this month, will assess the efficacy of AQUOVUM’s large-format Atmospheric Water Generation (AWG) technology in combination with a renewable energy source, as well as its ability to be included in current and future sustainable water projects.

Another potential addition to the creative sustainability-focused projects being performed in Abu Dhabi’s R&D hub, Masdar City, is the AWG technology, which extracts water from the atmosphere using a renewable energy source.

The carbon-free technology will provide access to clean water, which is a critical component of a greener future, while also contributing to the UNSDG 6 target of ensuring the availability and long-term management of water and sanitation for all.

Abdulla Balalaa
Abdulla Balalaa
Acting Executive Director – Sustainable Real Estate
Masdar City

“The AQUOVUM pilot will be installed at Khalifa University’s Masdar Institute Solar Platform in Masdar City and will operate from 100 percent renewable power, a process that is completely carbon neutral. The project will positively contribute to regional and global water security in line with the UAE Water Security Strategy 2036, and as the only planned and approved R&D cluster in Abu Dhabi, we are committed to facilitating R&D projects that bring ground-breaking new technologies to the world and contribute to building a more sustainable future for all. Masdar City is already home to over 900 companies, dedicated to developing innovative technologies across the sectors of renewables, energy storage, water, artificial intelligence, health, space, and mobility.”

Mr. Robert Wood, CTO of AQUOVUM said, “To support and progress the global green transition and to ensure water security, we recognized that we must power our systems on 100 percent renewable energy to provide a truly sustainable water supply. Our bleeding-edge technologies work with nature and are the way forward to deliver lasting sustainable solutions.”

The green power needed for this supply will be provided by the Azelio AB (Sweden) demonstrator of 24/7 electrical thermal energy storage/Stirling pilot also located at the Masdar Institute Solar Platform.

“Technology that extracts clean water from the air in commercial volumes and operates using clean energy, will help in securing and developing all life sources and serving the national interests,” commented Mr. Mohamed Al Qubaisi, CEO of AQUOVUM Middle East.

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