Founded in 2014, Zero Mass Water designed a sustainable water creation technology called SOURCE: a Hydropanel that uses sunlight to convert air to water. SOURCE has the potential to meet the drinking water needs of the more than seven billion people on the planet. Using thermodynamics, materials science, and controls technology, SOURCE can bring high quality water to homes, schools, offices and communities in virtually any environment on the planet, changing how all people experience their drinking water.
Water is our most valuable resource, yet 2.1 billion people lack access to clean drinking water due to contributing factors such as drought, contamination, natural disasters and over population. Inadequate sanitation in water sources also affects 2.4 billion people globally, and as a result, these people are exposed to various diseases, such as cholera and typhoid fever. Two million people, mostly children, die each year from water-borne diseases alone.
Many of the water systems that supply our drinking water needs—rivers lakes and aquifers—are drying up or becoming too polluted to use. More than half the world’s wetlands have disappeared due to land-use changes such as urban development and agriculture. Climate change is a compounding factor to the water crisis, causing shortages and droughts in various regions around the world. The water crisis is no longer a future issue, this is something we are facing today. Under the current consumption rate, by 2025, two-thirds of the world’s population may face water shortages. And ecosystems around the world will suffer even more.
Many of the issues driving water scarcity and clean water access—drought, natural disasters, and contamination—are driven by climate change and overpopulation. With a commitment to sustainability and to solve the water crisis, Zero Mass Water has developed a solution that avoids greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change, and provides clean drinking water that does not rely on already stressed ecosystems. Using renewable energy technology, SOURCE takes sunlight and air to make abundant, clean water.
SOURCE Hydropanels create drinking water simply from sunlight and air through a combination of thermodynamics, materials science and controls technology. SOURCE uses solar energy to raise the dewpoint inside the Hydropanels, which drives condensation and produces water. The Hydropanels filter the air before it passes through the system and water is kept clean inside a 30L reservoir via ozonation for optimal taste and health. Water is then mineralized with calcium and magnesium and delivered through a tap system installed at indoor and outdoor dispensaries, depending on where it is installed/the specific location needs and uses (office, school, home, etc.). Each Hydropanel averages 90-150 liters each month or the equivalent of 180-300 16.9oz standard water bottles, depending on sunshine and humidity. While water production can vary depending on weather, SOURCE technology can even produce water in low to medium sun and humidity, making it suitable for even some of the most arid deserts in the world or in cloud cover. As the technology is off-grid, SOURCE Hydropanels make high-quality drinking water without connecting to external power and is quality controlled through a global mesh network and can be monitored through an App on a mobile phone.
This information was based on an interview conducted with Kaitlyn Fitzgerald of Zero Mass Water.