One of the key elements of The Hilodome Project is how we generate water from the atmosphere, and then further structure that water to create irrigation and approximately 3,000 to 5,000 gallons of water per day.
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Above are images showing the wide range of AWG products available on the market. Their atmospheric water generation appliances run from a $649 unit that can generate up to 4.5 gallons of water per day from the atmosphere in your home or office, to specially designed commercial units that can extract the 3,000 to 5,000 gallons per day that we are proposing as a water production goal.
Sidebar: In turn, this water will be further treated using the science of Masaru Emoto of Japan, before being applied to the plants, or sold and donated to our proposed customer base. This technology is a proprietary process that will be discussed at length later.
An atmospheric water generator (AWG), is a device that extracts water from humid ambient air. Water vapor in the air is condensed by cooling the air below its dew point, exposing the air to desiccants (to absorb the water), or pressurizing the air. Unlike a dehumidifier, an AWG is designed to render the water potable. AWGs are useful where pure drinking water is difficult or impossible to obtain, because there is almost always a small amount of water in the air that can be extracted. The two primary techniques in use are cooling and desiccants.
The extraction of atmospheric water may not be completely free of cost, because significant input of energy is required to drive some AWG processes. Certain traditional AWG methods are completely passive, relying on natural temperature differences, and requiring no external energy source. Research has also developed AWG technologies to produce useful yields of water at a reduced (but non-zero) energy cost. In our implementation, we will take full advantage of solar power, so that costs can be amortized over a 25 year life span.
The net result of using these AWGs is to ensure a continuous supply of water for crop growth and drinking water. The minimum atmospheric humidity required for operation is 35%.