Are you Thirsty? Well, Have Some Water-Gen: New Machine Makes Water from Thin Air

An Israeli company is serving up a drink everyone wants: water.

You see, Water-Gen, a start-up company based in Tel Aviv, Israel, has invented a portable water generator that produces water from thin air.

The invention – the Atmospheric Water-Generation Unit –is already a big hit among armed forces and civilians alike around the world. The unit is equipped with a “GENius” heat exchanger that chills the air and condenses water vapor.

Water-Gen/2015: Water-Gen is now providing water supply solutions for operating bases, vehicles and troops.Water-Gen/2015: Water-Gen is now providing water supply solutions for operating bases, vehicles and troops.

“The clean air enters our GENius heat exchanger system where it is dehumidified, the water is removed from the air and collected in a collection tank inside the unit," explains Arye Kohavi, the company’s co-CEO.

“From there the water is passed through an extensive water filtration system which cleans it from possible chemical and microbiological contaminations,” he says. “The clean purified water is stored in an internal water tank which is kept continuously preserved to keep it at high quality over time."

Liquid Asset on the Battlefield

Water in a war zone environment, particularly in the hot desert climates like in the Middle East, is a big challenge to haul around, and armed forces from many countries have long been struggling with keeping troops hydrated during conflict.

The United States, the United Kingdom, Israel, India, France and Mexico are a handful of countries who are now utilizing this new invention on the battlefield.

Water-Gen is now providing water supply solutions for operating bases, vehicles and troops. The company is now selling droves of its Ground Atmospheric Water Generation Units that produce up to 450 gallons of clean water for like only eight cents per gallon. Water-Gen offers two types of models: the Gen-40 which costs $18,000 (USD) and attaches onto vehicles (trucks and tanks); and the land-based Gen-350, which goes for $30,000 (USD).

Water-Gen/2015: The land-based Gen 350 model produces clean water from thin air.Water-Gen/2015: The land-based Gen 350 model produces clean water from thin air.

Earlier this year the company unveiled even more handy products for troops: The Small Portable Water Treatment Unit, and the Battery Operated Mobile-Back-Pack Water Purification Unit. These units are great in that they are both water filtration based units. They are able to filter up to 48 gallons of water.

“You can go to any lake, any place, any river, anything in the field, usually contaminated with industrial waste, or anything like that and actually filter it into the best drinking water that exists,” says Kohavi.

Civilian Uses: Camels Need Not Apply

The company is also introducing its Atmospheric Water-Generation Units to third world countries. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that nearly 800 million people around the world simply do not have access to clean running water. As a result, over 3 million people die each year due to dirty water diseases.

“We believe that the products can be sold to developing countries in different civilian applications,” says Kohavi. “For example in India, [drinking] water for homes is not available and will also be rare in the future. The Atmospheric Water-Generation Units can be built as a residential unit and serve as a perfect water supply solution for homes in India.”