FURI | Spring 2019

Benchmarking Dehumidifiers as Atmospheric Water Generators in Tempe, AZ

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The goal was to benchmark the performance and quality of water collected from the air using common household dehumidifiers as atmospheric water generators. It is found that for between $13 and $20 a day, 12 to 19 gallons of clean water can be produced in a device that fits within a single square meter. Envisioned applications include water recovery for disaster relief, military scenarios, and for rural citizens with distant water sources. Future work involves a prototype, which would benefit greatly from advanced solar panels, improved desiccation technologies, and improved filtration medium.

Student researcher

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Justin Edberg

Materials science and engineering

Hometown: Tempe, Arizona

Graduation date: Spring 2019