Skysource / Skywater Alliance Selected as One of Four Finalist for the Water Abundance XPRIZE Powered by the Tata Group and Australian Aid
Skysource / Skywater Alliance is moving forward in the $1.75M Water Abundance XPRIZE. The field has been narrowed down to the final four out of 98 teams from 25 nations, as they compete to alleviate the global water crisis with energy efficient technologies that harvest fresh water from thin air. Local South Florida Company, Island Sky Corp. www.islandsky.com creator of Skywater® technology joined forces with their West Coast Distributor and business partner Skysource.org to form the Skysource/Skywater Alliance. Richard Groden, president of Island Sky has been harvesting water from the air in Broward County since 2004.
“Water is a human right,” says Groden, “there is an abundant, untapped source of clean drinking water in the air around us. Our technology provides a very comprehensive solution to the water crisis that will work as well in the developing world as it will in the technologically advanced areas.”
XPRIZE, the global leader in designing and operating incentive competitions to solve humanity’s grand challenges, launched the two-year Water Abundance XPRIZE competition incentivizing teams to create and develop pioneering technologies that can extract a minimum of 2,000 liters of water per day from the atmosphere using 100 percent renewable energy, at a cost of two cents per liter.
Spearheading the Skysource/Skywater team, is well known Los Angeles based, sustainable Architect, David Hertz FAIA.
“To be able to help solve one of the most pressing issues mankind faces, that of access to clean water is incredibly rewarding personally and professionally,” says Hertz. “Our solution addresses, in a unique way, the fundamental limitations of the two technologies of Atmospheric Water Generation.”
David Hertz created skysource.org with his wife, photojournalist Laura Doss-Hertz, to address the global water crisis and to provide hyper-local, restorative point of use solutions to address water scarcity and water quality issues worldwide. Along with Richard Groden, they are taking on this critically important challenge with their respective companies, Skysource and Skywater® are working with a confidential pioneering alternative energy source and strategy to form Skysource / Skywater Alliance for this competition.
The Earth’s water systems currently face three overarching challenges that contribute to water scarcity: lack of availability, contamination and uneven distribution & access. While 71% of the Earth’s surface is covered with water, only a scant 1% of this is drinkable, however there is more fresh water in the air than all the rivers on the planet.
According to The United Nations World Water Development Report 2016, the world could face a 40% global water deficit by 2030. By 2025, an estimated 1.8 billion people will be living in areas with absolute water scarcity and two-thirds of the global population living in water-stressed conditions.
David Hertz has been working for the last several years with the co-inventor of Skywater®, Richard Groden from Island Sky, who holds some of the earliest patents on atmospheric water generation, to make advancements on a unique technology called Adiabatic Distillation. The assembled team is a multi disciplinary group ranging from academia to industry to address this very important issue and are working on advancing existing technologies with very promising results.
Already one of the most energy-efficient water extraction technologies available worldwide for making water from air, Skysource/Skywater Alliance expect significant further advancements of efficiency using a systems approach and ground breaking renewable energy solutions.
The winner of the Water Abundance XPRIZE will be announced in late 2018.