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Water vapour collector

Device that condenses water from the air and funnels it into a cup
 
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There are places in the world where it is hard to get clean water to drink, or clean water cannot be afforded. If it is in a humid climate there is lots of water evaporated in the air, that could be condensed and dripped down into a jar by coming into contact with a cold surface. So what if you hooked up some solar panels to Peltier effect solid state cooling panels, and angled them so that condensed water would slide down into a jar for drinking? They would be easy enough to build, presumably cheaper than drilling a well, and I would think (although I don't know for sure) that the water coming from them would be clean. Since they are all solid state, there arent any moving parts to break down, either. These would be great for charities to build and donate to various places where they are needed.
Trag, Jul 20 2003

Google search for +peltier +water +condenser http://www.google.c...Bwater+%2Bcondenser
400+ hits. [phoenix]

Figure 28: Vapair Unit http://www.rexresea...rwells/airwells.htm
"There are several patents extant for glorified air conditioners that dehumidify the air to produce potable water...Several other patents have been granted for various forms of dehumidifiers, employing for example the the thermoelectric Peltier Effect..." [phoenix, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

Figure 28: Vapair Unit http://www.rexresea...rwells/airwells.htm
"There are several patents extant for glorified air conditioners that dehumidify the air to produce potable water...Several other patents have been granted for various forms of dehumidifiers, employing for example the the thermoelectric Peltier Effect..." [phoenix, Oct 04 2004]

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phoenix, Jul 20 2003
  

       This condensor idea reminds me of the moisture vaporators on the planet Tattoine in Star Wars.
darkknight_152002, Jul 26 2003
  

       I think in Dune they used the compression and then expansion of air in mountain tunnels to create a moisture trap, thus providing water for many people in the desert.
Zimmy, Jul 27 2003
  
      
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