Water Technologies

The Eco-Friendly Water Filter

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Design firm Aquaovo have created a whole new reason for water cooler talk with the OVOPUR, an environmentally-friendly water filter.

Shaped like a sleek egg, the OVOPUR uses an Aquacristal filter, made of activated carbon, quartz, copper and zinc.

The filter last four months and can clean about 530 gallons of water.

The oval dispenser holds 3 gallons at a time and is made of white lead-free glazed porcelain and recyclable and non-toxic parts like silicone and polypropylene.

The unit can also be used without the filter as a simple drink dispenser — a conversation starter on any occasion.

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The sustaina-liscious kicker of the OVOPUR is its egg-like shape.

It’s actually designed to revitalize water using its own natural flow-y curves, à la the theories of Viktor Shauberger.So the liquid in OVOPUR does not stagnate, and is said  improve the taste of said liquid. 

+ Aquaovo

ovopur, eco friendly water filter, water filter sustainable design, sustainable industrial design

ovopur, eco friendly water filter, water filter sustainable design, sustainable industrial design

Credits: Inhabitat, AquaOvo

The Water Extractor

WaterMill

Only 2.5% of our planet’s water supply is fresh, and even less is available for human use.  This unusual (and cute) contraption extracts moisture from the ambient air, condensates it, filters it with UV light treatment and carbon filters and  turns it into fresh drinking water, enough to sustain a family of six people (we haven’t tasted it…)  

 ELEMENT FOUR (a Canadian company) that manufactures it states that “In more that half the countries in the world, some of them the poorest, thirstiest, and most crowded, the air is humid enough to yield huge amounts of precious water. The atmosphere contains 4 to 25 grams of water vapor per cubic meter, while the WaterMill can change 10% to 40% of that to liquid. Water vapor is constantly replenished by Earth’s natural cycle, so extracting water from the air can continue indefinitely without impacting local ecosystems.”

The WaterMill is only a residential system at the moment offering a viable replacement  for drinking and cooking needs, especially for emergency or disaster relief-type of situations. It plans on expanding operations to commercial applications in the future.  

WATERMILL

 

Solar Desalination

 

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Inhabitat – June 18, 2008

In Spain, another solar desalination Marvel, the Teatro del Agua works by coupling “a series of evaporators and condensers such that the airborne moisture from the evaporators is then collected from the condensers, which are cooled by deep seawater.” The sweeping structure will incorporate solar panels to provide heat for the evaporators and will operate almost entirely on renewable energy. 

Charles Paton has endeavored to meet this challenge with his Seawater Greenhouse which takes a low-cost, low-energy, carbon-neutral approach to desalination. Recently he’s been working with Eden Project and Grimshaw Architects  design will incorporate Paton’s remarkable desalination method with a publicly accessible venue for the performing arts, once again focusing our societies around the common element that sustains them.

We will see more of these ingenious and utilitarian structures.

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