“We intrinsically own the air we breathe by just taking a breath, and almost no one on the planet owns the water they drink.”
Friesen developed Source, a solar panel that draws moisture from the air we breathe and condenses it into drinkable water.
“Anybody who has an air conditioner makes water from air. There’s nothing magical there,” said Friesen.
“What we set out to do is to develop a solar panel that makes drinking water instead of electricity.”
Zero Mass Water developed a material that acts like those grains of rice, absorbing water from the air.
Because Source is powered entirely by solar energy, it can operate far from a power grid or centralized water supply.
“She went from having no clean water to, all of a sudden, having perfectly clean, beautiful drinking water.”