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article imageThe Fontus: Miracle device attached to bike makes water from air

By Holly L. Walters     Nov 22, 2014 in Technology
There are many areas of the world that are currently experiencing water shortage issues, including California. One solution that could help in the future is the Fontus, a small device you can attach to your bike that makes water out of air.
The water shortages and barriers to the access of clean water throughout the globe is often linked to several environmental issues, including climate change.
How Climate Change Affects Water Sources
Climate change is often responsible for extremely volatile weather conditions that can birth huge storms such as Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. These storms can often devastate water quality and lead to sweeping ecological damage in their wake.
Climate change can also lead to conditions such as the drought in California. It accomplishes this in the way of extremely high atmospheric pressure systems that form in the Pacific Ocean that work to divert water-carrying storms away from the state. Researchers from Stanford say this type of pressure system is "much more likely to form in the presence of modern greenhouse gas concentrations."
Fresh Water will Become More Scarce
The Guardian reported that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change announced earlier this year that carbon emissions are continuing to rise globally, and this puts everyone's future (and clean water access) at risk.
With this in mind, it is important for every environmentally conscious person to be proactive, and Kristof Retezar has taken this one step further with an innovative design called the Fontus that can cut each person's carbon footprint, improve their health and give them access to fresh water.
What Exactly is the Fontus?
The UK Daily Mail reports that the Fontus is a relatively small device that attaches to a bicycle. Through the usage of thermoelectric cooling, this prototype design is able to effectively convert air moisture into drinkable water.
According to Retezar, the Fontus works best on long bike rides and in prime weather conditions that include a humidity level of approximately 50 percent and temperatures near 68° F. it is important to note that these conditions are not required to produce water, but it could take longer than the typical one hour bike ride to create a half liter in areas with a different climate.
How Could This Change the World?
Sources at National Geographic tell us that you can cut your household emissions by an impressive 6 percent for every five miles that you typically drive to work by switching to bicycling instead. If even 10 percent a neighborhood in the United States took this step, everyone in it would benefit from a reduction in local air pollution and could also all help preserve the area's clean water supplies by using the Fontus device at the same time.
This gives you a basic idea of the environmental impact of one invention in a typical suburban neighborhood, but it is even more important to consider the implications for impoverished areas and countries that are suffering from a lack of clean water.
In the U.S., radical steps need to be taken to help California, and people in Detroit are having their water shut off in droves. This makes the Fontus an extremely intriguing idea, especially because the prototype was made for less than $40.
Is the Fontus Ready for Production?
Retezar is currently in the process of looking for investors, and he has also indicated that he might end up crowdfunding the production of his product. However, before this happens, Retezar needs to perfect a few revisions to the device, including the implementation of a purification system so that users will not be exposed to pollution from the air.
The Fontus could be a viable method for removing unexploited freshwater from the earth's atmosphere in the more than 40 countries that do not have enough clean water to keep everyone healthy, and that makes this one of the most exciting innovative developments of the year.
If everything goes forward, the Fontus could become an invaluable resource for approximately 47 percent of the world. After all, researchers believe that almost half of the population of the world will have difficulty accessing water by 2030, but a combination of the Fontus and a bigger emphasis on being eco-friendly has the potential to help reduce the devastating impact of water shortages and carbon emissions.
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