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A mechanical engineering team at University of Akron is developing a portable freshwater harvester that could extract as much as 10 gallons of water per hour from the surrounding air. In order to extract water from even desert environments they used electrospinning technology to generate nanofibers that have a high surface-area-to-volume ratio. An added benefit to the nanofibers is they simultaneously extract water and filter out pollutants, producing water that is immediately drinkable. Learn more about the portable device that collects water from air at University of Akron.

A mobile freshwater harvester