There are many places in this world where the climate is so arid and source of water is crucial to survival. Therefore MIT has decided to harvest fog in order to generate water in those places.
For long time, MIT has been testing an advanced form of fog harvesting in Chile’s Atacama Desert. It is to be noted that Atacama Desert is one of the driest places on the planet. However, MIT plans to see how the technology can help communities in very harsh regions.
MIT researchers have built large meshes that are 500 percent more efficient at turning fog into drinkable water than previous systems. MIT researchers have found that the Atacama experiment is good enough to produce half a gallon of water a day for every 10 square feet of mesh.
MIT hopes to boost efficiency to the point that a mesh can collect three gallons of water in the same surface area. The technology that MIT has used is already cheap and easy to maintain. If the mesh technology reaches mass production, it could quickly improve the quality of life for some desert dwellers — they wouldn’t have to worry as much about basics like clean water and healthy crops. here’s a video of how MIT is going to harvest fog to generate water.