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The world is full of water, flushing down our toilets and flowing from our taps. And yet where I live, in the American Southwest, and quite possibly where you live, the kind of water people need to survive is getting harder to come by. Across the region, temperatures are rising and droughts are getting more severe, and in the coming decades the West will struggle to supply the water its residents and businesses demand. Even in wetter regions like the Gulf Coast, where the storms are getting stronger and the rainfall more persistent, much of that water glut is washing back out to sea, unused, leaving a path of destruction in its wake.
Then I found a company called Zero Mass Water, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, that produces $2,000 “hydropanels” that the company claims can capture water vapor from air. One panel can make up to five liters a day, and two of them together could produce enough for a household’s daily drinking and cooking. In theory, someone—even me—could strap one of these panels to the bed of a truck, drive out to the desert, and live off the grid with water to spare.
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The company’s founder and CEO had his doubts. Cody Friesen is a professor of materials science at Arizona State University with a booming, radio-ready voice, and he told me a few times over the phone that, while he appreciated my outside-the-box thinking, his hydropanels weren’t intended for vehicular use. They weigh 275 pounds and are intended for yards and rooftops, not truck beds. The “vibrational activity” involved with desert off-roading concerned him. But I pressed him, and after conferring with his engineering team he eventually said that it could be done or, at least this one time, tried. Once the truck-bound panel was ready, Friesen invited me out....
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