Self-Filling Water Bottle Converts Humidity to Drinks for Thirsty Cyclists, Arid Towns

Self-Filling Water Bottle Converts Humidity to Drinks for Thirsty Cyclists, Arid Towns

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A water bottle that refills itself out of thin air could mean clean drinking water for millions of people.

Austrian designer and university student Kristof Retezár dreamed up Fontus as a way for cyclists to top off their water supply on long rides.

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It collects humidity in the air and under ideal conditions — 86-to-100 degree temperatures and 80-to-90 percent humidity — it can produce a half-liter of water every hour.

Fontus is solar powered and uses water repelling surfaces to direct water particles in the air through filters and into a condenser that cools it into liquid water.

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Retezár points out that by 2030, nearly half the people in the world will be facing water shortages. He says his idea simply uses modern technology to update 2,000-year-old methods of water harvesting in a way that could one day address global water scarcity.

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Retezár’s invention is a candidate for the James Dyson Award for innovations by product or industrial design engineering students.

He plans a crowdfunding campaign in March to bring his idea to market. He wants to keep the price below $100 and hopes to start delivering Fontus nine months later.

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