The launch of the first global project to extract water from the air in Abu Dhabi

This August, Masdar City in Abu Dhabi will witness 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.

This innovative project will be located in Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, and will be operated by the US-based Acuvum Company, in cooperation with the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company “Masdar” and the Khalifa University of Science and Technology, as part of a research and development agreement that brings together the three parties.

The project, which will be launched this month, will focus on testing and evaluating the performance of a technology for producing water from air, developed by Aquifum, when it is applied on a large scale and based on renewable energy, as well as exploring the possibility of using 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 promising sustainable and innovative projects being held in Masdar City, the leading destination for research and development in Abu Dhabi.

This carbon-neutral technology will help save water, which is a basic need in order to build a green future, as well as its contribution to supporting the achievement of the sixth goal of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal, which calls for ensuring the provision and sustainable management of water and the provision of hygiene services for all. .

The technology to produce water from the air will also contribute to supporting a market that is expected to witness a compound annual growth rate of more than 25 percent globally, and more than 30 percent in the Middle East and Africa, which have climates that are among the hottest in the world and where the need for water is increasing. Water, according to a report by "Gobal Market Insights".

The Executive Director of the Sustainable Urban Development Department at Masdar, Abdullah Balala, stressed that saving water is a basic necessity to ensure health and safety of humans and the environment, as well as for food and energy production, stressing the importance of developing technologies that contribute to securing safe water sources.

Balaa said: "Acufoam pilot project will be established within the platform of the Masdar Institute of Solar Energy of Khalifa University, located in Masdar City, and the operation will be completely carbon-free as it will rely on fully renewable energy. We are pleased to partner with both." Acufoam and Khalifa University to launch this project, the first of its kind in the world, within Masdar City, the region’s leading destination in the field of technological innovation, research and development.

He added: "This project will contribute to enhancing water security at the regional and global levels, in line with the UAE Water Security Strategy 2036, and as Masdar City is the only approved research and development complex in Abu Dhabi, we are committed to providing what is necessary to support research and development projects aimed at innovating quality new technologies." Contributing to building a more sustainable future for all, Masdar City currently has more than 900 companies focused on developing innovative technologies in key sectors such as renewable energy, energy storage, artificial intelligence, health, space and mobility.”

For his part, the Chief Technology Officer of Acuvum Robert Wood said, "Supporting the green transformation process 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. We are developing advanced technologies that take into account the environment and seek sustainable and sustainable solutions.”

While Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Khalifa University, Founder and Chair of the Masdar Institute Solar Platform, and Principal Investigator for the project, Nicolas Calve, said, “Our previous focus was on CSP and thermal energy storage, but we are moving towards diversifying R&D activities within the Masdar Institute platform.” "Masdar Solar to include a focus on producing clean water. Solar and water should be the main focus of research and development activities in the UAE. This project will run for 12 months and will provide critical performance data covering the entire annual weather cycle."

Green energy will be provided to the project through the pilot project of the Swedish company Azelio AB, which is also on the platform of the Institute of Solar Energy, in which the Stirling system for storing thermal energy is being tested for electricity generation throughout the day.

The CEO of Aquivom Middle East, Mohammed Al Qubaisi, said that the great interest shown by the leadership in the UAE in this field, working to provide always good living conditions, and concern for the safety and health of citizens and residents in the long term, has motivated me to research, invest and participate in This modern and distinctive project.

This project, which extracts clean water from the air in commercial quantities and based on clean energy, will help in securing and developing all sources of life as well as contributing to supporting national interests.”

Dawn Lewis, CEO of AcuFom USA, stressed that this project serves as the starting point for the commercial market for water extraction systems, in which AcuFom will play a leading role.

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