Ex-Nasa scientist turns air into drinking water

FORMER National Aeronautics and Space Administration scientist Frank Forsberg was staring at his air-conditioner one day when he noticed water had condensed at its base and was dripping onto the ground. 

He thought to himself: ‘Why let the water go to waste? Here’s how we can turn air into drinking water.’ 

So at the ripe age of 72, he went on to invent the world’s first machine which makes drinking water out of thin air. 

The patented water generator, called Aquosus, is being manufactured by Singapore company Hyflux, and will be sold from June to households and offices at between S$1,000 (RM2,200) and $3,000 (RM6,600). It hopes to sell 10,000 units in the first year. 

Using skills he picked up at Nasa, and with help from California-based company Air 2 Water, he came up with a machine which condenses humid air. The condensed water is run through patented Hyflux membranes and filters, plus an ultraviolet treatment system, to remove bacteria. 

Dewdrops Marketing sells a machine, made by India-based Killicks, at $1,200 (RM2,640) to households and offices. 

Dewdrops director Raymond Tan said: ‘We’re planning to launch our product in a big way in two weeks. Now we sell it by word of mouth.’ 

He said 100 units had been sold here. The product will be launched in Indonesia and Malaysia soon. – The Straits Times/Asia News Network  

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