A new innovative irrigation system called Airdrop, that literately pulls water from dry skies has won this years James Dyson Award. The Airdrop irrigation system is a low-tech, self sufficient solar powered atmospheric water harvesting technology developed through working with irrigation manufacturers and local farmers.
It has been designed by Swinburne University of Technology student Edward Linnacre, making it the second year in a row an Australian design has won the James Dyson Award. Watch the video after the jump to learn how the low tech irrigation system works.
Within the Airdrop system a turbine intake drives air underground through a network of piping that rapidly cools the air to the temperature of the soil where it reaches 100% humidity and produces water. The water is then stored in an underground tank and pumped through to the roots of crops via sub surface drip irrigation hosing.
More information on the innovative Airdrop irrigation system is available from the James Dyson Award website.
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