I’m really proud of my little sister Lucia!
Lucia has been a researcher for many years at the University of Pavia, and in the past she was part of a team that studied a wonderful machine that can produce water by condensing air moisture. Today, Lucia is employed as the R&D manager by Seas SA, a Swiss company that is actually manufacturing and selling such a machine, the AWA Modula. Yesterday, Seas showed their work within an Expo 2015 Event at the Swiss pavilion.
In a world where about 800 million people lack access to safe water it’s easy to understand how beneficial such a technology could be. The AWA Modula can produce water without any need of a primary source, because it works just like an air-conditioner especially optimized for water production (it only needs electrical power that can come from any source, including renewable ones). Just imagine: place it even in the desert, couple it with some solar panels and – voila’ – you have free, drinking water wherever you want!
Oh, and by the way, I’d like to say that I gave my little contribution to the project; I designed and wrote the simulation software (ATWsim, Air-To-Water sim) that Seas is currently using. The ATWsim software is a real-time simulation of the whole AWA Modula hardware inner thermodynamics processes, it can predict the actual behavior of the machine given the real-time conditions of the environment (ie water produced, energy consumption, etc.) or can be used to quickly prototype different configurations or enhancements of the device.