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High-volume water generator earns Xprize for Skysource team


October 30, 2018
By Ground Water Canada

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Los Angeles, CA – The Skysource / Skywater Alliance is the grand prize winner of the $1.75M Water Abundance Xprize, a two-year competition aimed at alleviating the global water crisis with energy-efficient technologies that harvest fresh water from thin air.

The Skysource / Skywater Alliance, based in Venice Beach, Calif., received a grand prize of $1.5M for developing an easily deployable high-volume water generator that can be used in any climate, meeting the competition parameters of extracting a minimum of 2,000 litres of water per day from the atmosphere using 100 per cent renewable energy, at a cost of no more than two cents per litre, Xprize said in a news release.

A second team, JMCC WING, based in South Point, Hawaii, received a $150K prize to acknowledge the team’s ingenuity in developing a unique technological approach.

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During Visioneering 2018, the foundation’s annual gathering of philanthropists and innovators to evaluate concepts for future competitions, top honours went to a concept called “Coral Survival,” a technology designed to protect and restore coral reefs. This prize will move forward into the Xprize pipeline.

The Water Abundance Xprize, powered by the Tata Group and Australian Aid, was launched in 2016 at the United Nations in New Delhi.