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How 3D printing is helping GE Research turn air into water

How 3D printing is helping GE Research turn air into water

Written by David

February 8, 2021


Water scarcity is a major global problem. More than 1.1 billion people do not have access to the liquid that sustains life, while nearly 3 billion experience water scarcity at some point ( WWF ). In an effort to combat this reality—which has the potential to worsen dramatically due to the climate crisis—GE Research is teaming up with the University of California at Berkeley, University of Chicago and University of South Alabama to develop a 3D printed device that can turn air into safe drinking water.


The project, AIR2WATER, is being led by a GE Research team, which was selected for the four-year, $14.3 million project by the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency’s (DARPA). The innovative project is part of DARPA’s Atmospheric Water Extraction program. At its core, the AIR2WATER project seeks to develop a portable device that can create clean water from air. The device will be compact and light enough that it can be carried by four people and will have the capacity to produce enough daily water for 150. The primary goal is to deploy the water-creating device to troops in the field so they have […]

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