Water Sourced from Desert Air near Dubai
The company, Zero Mass Water, will use renewable energy instead of the fossil fuels that power the many desalination facilities in Dubai and the rest of the United Arab Emirates. The project could offer a model for other parched nations to produce drinking water in a more sustainable way and even spur agricultural breakthroughs to improve food security.
The Zero Mass facility is under construction in the village of Lehbab, a hub for camel-breeding and desert safaris. IBV, owned by Butti Bin Maktoum Bin Juma Al Maktoum, a member of Dubai’s royal family, will sell the water in glass bottles to hotels and other buyers.
While water-from-air technology is used elsewhere, Zero Mass’s operation stands out for its size and intention to bottle the water, according to Roland Wahlgren, who runs Atmoswater Research, a consulting firm in Vancouver.