The Netherlands pavilion for Expo 2020 to produce water from desert air using solar power
The Netherlands pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai will display a number of 'inventions', one of which including the production of water from desert air powered by solar power which will be on display from October 20 next year.
The Dutch Consulate has also announced that the pavilion has already started construction.
The pavilion will feature a biotope, designed by V8 Architects, which connects water, energy and food in a circular wa, and will be constructed entirely from locally-available construction materials in order to minimise transportation.
On Tuesday, Dutch Consul-General and Commissioner-General, Hans Sandee, presented on behalf of the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Sigrid Kaag, a bottle of water harvested from air in the Netherlands to Najeeb Mohammed Al Ali, executive director of Expo 2020 Dubai, Arabian Business reported.
"It is important to realise our responsibility towards our planet and future generations. By showcasing home-grown solutions that link the issues of water, energy and food, we are keen to contribute to Expo 2020 Dubai," said Kaag.
Al Ali added: "Today’s groundbreaking ceremony and this unique bottle of water harvested from air reflects the Netherlands’ innovative approach to Expo 2020 Dubai. We look forward to continuing to work with the Dutch team and seeing what other exciting technologies will feature in the Dutch pavilion at Expo 2020."
Dutch artist-innovator-entrepreneur Ap Verheggen and his team are behind the SunGlacier technology that makes the water-from-air feat possible.
"Our solar-powered water-from-air technology will enable us to produce food in the future without being dependent on rainfall, rivers or other traditional sources of water," Verheggen said.
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