Global Potential for Harvesting Drinking Water from Air Using Solar Energy

The article from Nature, titled “Global potential for harvesting drinking water from air using solar energy,” explores the feasibility of using atmospheric water harvesting (AWH) technology powered by solar energy to provide safely managed drinking water (SMDW) worldwide. It highlights the technology’s potential to address the water needs of a billion people, focusing on climate suitability for the deployment of such devices. The study maps out the global potential, indicating that with advancements in materials like metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and other sorbents, the efficiency of water collection from air can be significantly improved. The research also discusses the geographical challenges and the need for scalable solutions that can operate efficiently across various humidity levels and temperatures.