Israel has over the past two decades soared to become the nation with the highest number of startups per capita in the world. With over 8,000 currently active startups and established companies.

Among of the most important Israeli innovations with a real-world impact over the past year, one of these is “Water-Gen – Extracting Water From Air”, In 2010, Israeli entrepreneur and former combat reconnaissance commander Arye Kohavi and a team of engineers founded Water-Gen after developing technology that extracts water from air through a series of filters.


“Water-Gen’s original goal was to provide easily accessible water to militaries around the world. Following Water-Gen, the company shifted its focus tackling water scarcity around the world and answering the needs of persons following natural disasters.

Last year (2017), Water-Gen sent four water generators to Texas and Florida in the aftermaths of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, respectively, working with the American Red Cross and FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) to provide clean and safe drinking water.”

The technology, developed by Kohavi with the help of engineers, uses a series of filters to purify the air. After the air is sucked in and chilled to extract its humidity, the water that forms is treated and transformed into clean drinking water;tThe atmospheric water generators developed by Water-Gen allow the production of 4 liters of drinking water (one gallon) using 1 Kilowatt of energy.


Remember that the water covers 70 percent of Earth, but only three percent of the world’s water is fresh, and two-thirds of that is unavailable for use, according to the World Wide Fund for Nature. As a result, “some 1.1 billion people worldwide lack access to water and a total of 2.7 billion find water scarce for at least one month of the year,” the WWF says.

By 2025, two-thirds of the world’s population may face water shortages, the WWF estimates. Roughly 1.2 billion people — almost one-fifth of the world’s population — live in areas of water scarcity, according to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

Water from air could be the next source of water for the world.


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