Israel’s Technion Institute of Technology researchers develop a method for creating water from thin air; The sun’s heat is one of the main channels used in this process; Researcher: We plan to develop a robust and low-cost system for atmospheric humidity harvesting, powered by renewable energy.
Researchers at the Technion Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel, along with their partners in research from Africa, were awarded the Mauerberger Foundation award in July for their unique breakthrough development of creating water from…thin air! The motive behind this award aims to build the bond and exchange of ideas between researchers in Africa and Israel with the ultimate goal being to “harness new technologies for the benefit of humanity.” This new process is not only big for Israel, but it also sets a foundation for providing water to third world countries.
One of the most fascinating traits about this new ‘Phase Exchange Thermoacoustic (PXT)’ technology that separates it from others is that it doesn’t require electricity, which also allows it to function at a lower cost, making it even better for third world countries and rural areas that are without easy access to water. According to the United Nations, in 2016, over 1.2 billion people worldwide had difficulty getting to water, with an estimated 500 million close to joining that statistic. The sky is the limit for a technology like this.
While water generators have existed for some time, the method being used here is what makes it different. The Technion process separates water vapors from the air using a liquid drying agent. They (the researchers) can then retrieve the water vapors by using solar heat. This process is extremely energy efficient in comparison to anything in its field.
A Blessing to the World
When the LORD called Abraham from Ur of the Chaldeans (modern-day Iraq), He promised Abraham that, “I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great, and you shall be a blessing.” (Genesis 12:2). Israel most certainly is a historic blessing to the world. From Israel came the word of God (Romans 3:2). From Israel came the Messiah (Micah 5:2). In the future, from Israel will come the Millennial Kingdom where Jesus will rule with perfect justice (Isaiah 11:9). While these are wonderful truths, Israel is indeed a blessing now, and this new technology is only one example. The Creator said they would be a blessing to the world. Israel is the nation that God created in order to make Himself known to the world and that truth has never been made void. Even after their repetitive disobedience, God said He was going to put them back in their land and that they would flourish, which they are. None of this was for their own glory, but for His name’s sake (Ezekiel 36). Make no mistake, the unmatched technology that Israel is producing at an unparalleled rate is no coincidence. God is doing what He said He would do, and the best is yet to come.