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Kristof Retezár is a designer who has created a unique bottle: he takes advantage of the principle of condensation of air humidity to generate drinkable water in any environment. Of course, the amount of water generated depends on factors such as the humidity of the water or the temperature.
The device is powered by solar energy and consists of a condenser - which works like a refrigerator - connected to a series of hydrophobic surfaces that repel water. This bottle can produce half a liter of water in an hour under ideal conditions.
Produce water from nothing, or almost
According to Retezár, if the temperature is between 30 and 40 degrees Celsius and the humidity is between 80 and 90 percent, we will be in the best situation to generate drinking water, but in reality there is always a certain percentage of humidity in the environment, thus that the bottle could work even in the desert.
The prototype includes a filter to prevent dust or insects from entering the water, but pollutants are not filtered at the moment. In this sense, Retezár is already proposing a version with a filter to avoid this problem.
The development has been given a very appropriate name, Fontus, and now this Austrian designer hopes to create a crowdfunding campaign in March to begin mass production of this bottle, which could be priced at around $ 100 and would be available in the market in 9 or 10 months.