Food designer/artist

Dropar úr Lofti

(water out of thin air) Reykjavík / 2018
Project made within the start-up Dropar úr Lofti, supported by the innovation center.

Dropar úr lofti is a research project that aims to create an innovative and efficient way to harvest water from the air using only renewable energy.

For Dropar úr Lofit I research the use of water throughout the world in order to find out where is the technology must needed in terms of geography but also in terms of use. I created a visual identity, a website but I also proposed two agricultural systems in which they use the technology that Dropar úr Lofti is developping.

At any moment, our atmosphere contains 12 900 cubic kilometres of fresh water. If it were to completely rain out, the earth would be covered by 2.5 centimetres of water. This water vapour is stuck in the air but can be turn into liquid water where it is needed through condensation. Dropar úr Lofti uses thermoelectric effect to create condensation, in this way we can collect water droplets that form on a cold surface powered by renewable energy.

Water lily is a floating green house that catches fresh water vapor from the ocean in order to feed crops.

Sea water is pumped up to a metallic disc to create a fine layer of sea water. A glass bubble above the disc concentrates the ray of the sun, heating up the sea water and creating fresh water vapor. Around the disc, several cold plates condense this vapor back to water and collect it into a tank under the disc. The water collected is then distributed to the hydroponic system according to the plants needs. 
Green dune is a green house for desert areas. A web of solar panels provides energy to a water collector device.  Cold plates are organised in circle in the central column, letting the air through and catching every water molecule. The moist of the air condense on those plates and are collected in a tank below. This fresh water is then distributed to growing plants. The structure is burried 50 centimeters in the soil to get freshness from the ground. The web of solar panels also creates shadow to prevent the sun burning the plants, creating a cool place for the plants to flourish.