Zero Mass Water and ASU successfully collaborated to bring safe drinking water to refugee camps.

Last month, ASU associate professor at the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy Cody Friesen won a prestigious $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize for his Scottsdale-based company, Zero Mass Water.

Zero Mass Water is a company that aims to create renewable water using sunlight and air alone.

“Our vision is to perfect water for every person in every place,” said Kaitlyn Fitzgerald, director of brand at Zero Mass Water.

The hydropanels installed by Zero Mass Water are “Fully solar powered” and work by “Raising the temperature inside each hydropanel and absorbing the water vapor in the ambient air all around it onto a material that attracts pure water molecules,” said Fitzgerald.

At the end of the two years, the collaborative effort was a success with 36,000 people gaining access to affordable clean water, 129 people trained and 126 Zero Mass Water panels installed, according to an ASU database provided by Franz.

The effort that ASU and Zero Mass Water underwent in order to help the refugees in the Middle East is no surprise given the University’s efforts to ensure water efficiency at all times.