An innovative project in cooperation between the American "Aquifuam", Khalifa University and "Masdar"

The launch of the first global project to extract water from air in commercial quantities

The innovative project is being held within "Masdar City".

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This August, Masdar City in Abu Dhabi is witnessing the launch of the world's first commercial water production project on a continuous basis based on renewable energy sources, making it a carbon-neutral project.

Yesterday, a statement confirmed that the project will be located within the "Masdar City" in Abu Dhabi, and will be operated by the US-based "Acufoam" company, in cooperation with the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company "Masdar" and the Khalifa University of Science and Technology, within the framework of a research and development agreement. The three sides gather.

innovative technology

According to the statement, the project will focus on testing and evaluating the performance of a technology for producing water from air developed by "Aquifuam", when it is applied on a large scale based on renewable energy, as well as exploring the possibility of employing it in current or future sustainable water projects.

The technology of extracting water from the atmosphere relies on renewable energy, and this project constitutes an important addition to the sustainable and innovative projects that are being held in Masdar City.

This carbon-neutral technology will also help save water.

Green energy will be provided to the project through a project by the Swedish company Azelio AB, which is located within the platform of the Institute of Solar Energy, in which the Stirling system for storing thermal energy is being tested to generate electricity throughout the day.

Renewable energy

The Executive Director of the Sustainable Urban Development Department at Masdar, Abdullah Balala, stressed the importance of developing technologies that contribute to securing safe water sources.

He said: "The (Acufoam) pilot project will be established within the platform of the Masdar Institute for Solar Energy of Khalifa University, located in (Masdar City), and the operation will be completely free of carbon emissions, as it will rely on completely renewable energy."

He added, "The project will contribute to enhancing water security at the regional and global levels, in line with the UAE Water Security Strategy 2036," noting that "Masdar City" currently includes more than 900 companies, focusing on developing innovative technologies in key sectors, such as: renewable energy. Energy storage, artificial intelligence, health, space, and mobility.

green shift

For his part, Chief Technology Officer of Aquivom, Robert Wood, said: “Supporting the green transition in the world and making progress in it and ensuring water security, all require a shift towards full reliance on renewable energy in the operation of our systems, in order to provide sustainable water sources. ».

Research diversification

In the same context, Nicolas Calvé, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Khalifa University, Founder and Chair of the Masdar Institute Solar Platform, and Principal Investigator of the project, Nicolas Calveh, said: “Our previous focus was on concentrated solar energy and thermal energy storage, but we are moving towards diversifying our research and development activities. Within the platform of the Masdar Institute of Solar Energy, to include a focus on the production of clean water.”

He continued, "Solar energy and water should form the main axes of research and development activities in the UAE," noting that this project will last for 12 months, and will provide important performance data covering the entire annual weather cycle.

Commercial market launch

The CEO of Acufoam Middle East, Mohammed Al Qubaisi, said that "the great interest shown by the state leadership in this field, and the concern for the long-term safety and health of citizens and residents, formed an incentive for research, investment and participation in this distinguished project."

For his part, Dawn Lewis, CEO of Aquifume USA, said, "The project serves as a starting point for the commercial market for water-from-air systems."

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