The challenge – to produce 2,000 litres of drinking water that is extracted from air using renewable energy at a cost of 2c/litre.
This will be the challenge that needs to be resolved to those entering the Water Abundance XPRIZE where 98 teams from 25 countries will compete for the $1.75M prize. There will be 4 Australian teams taking part in the challenge.
The winning device must be able to create decentralised access to water which gives people the power to access fresh water whenever and wherever it is required.
The Australian team Hydro Harvest Operations is led by of Professor Behdad Moghtaderi, head of the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Newcastle, Director of VTara Clean Energy Technology Centre at the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources and the Director of the Priority Research Centre for Energy Technologies and Utilisation.