Modern Day Rainmakers Pull Water From the Air
Technology Invented By Moses West launch New Global Industry
Moses West, founder of Atmospheric Water Generator Contracting LLC, has made it his personal mission to bring clean, affordable drinking water to those in need. In 2015, West invented an atmospheric water generator (AWG), a machine that turns air into clean drinking water.
“The Moses West Foundation supplies a safe, resilient, and reliable source of water to people in time of need with the use of donated Atmospheric Water Generators. To support the local population and first response during critical periods of water shortages, contamination, depletion, and other issues surrounding the loss of local water supplies. ”Moses West, of San Antonio, Texas, has brought water to Flint, Michigan, and Puerto Rico – all through his Atmospheric Water Generation machines, which extract moisture from the atmosphere and turn it into water. The science behind it is similar to what many learned in elementary school.
The Moses West foundation supplies industrial atmospheric water generation systems to large-scale military, governmental, non-governmental, and business organizations around the world. A single solar powered Atmospheric Water Generation unit can produce up to 2,200 gallons / 8,400 liters of water a day with a footprint of 9 x 8 x 7 feet.
West’s water-harvesting invention, or AWG machine, as he calls it, works by extracting moisture from the air, which it condenses, and then turns into water. “We’ve always known there were three sources of water: a liquid, a solid and a gas,” West told the Atlanta Black Star, in 2019. “Our atmosphere is the most abundant source of water we have. And now we have this technology in our hands...where we can tap into this water. To me, we’re in no-brainer territory.”
West’s AWG machine makes it possible to harvest clean, non-polluted water instantly – no small feat in a world where one in three people, or about 785 million, lack access to basic water services, according to the World Health Organization. About 884 million people don’t have safe water to drink, which West hopes to change for good, as word of his invention spreads.
The idea came to West after an 11-year military career, in which he studied water systems. He got his first look at a water generator in Hawaii, where he saw a neighbor using one to pool about five gallons of water. West returned to Texas, where he designed and built his first AWG machine in 2015. With an investor’s help, he created one that exceeded federal government and WHO standards, generating 868 gallons of water per day – using just 638.1 kilowatt hours of diesel fuel energy per day to do it.
Since those first tests, West has taken his AWG machine to Flint, MI, where residents struggled to overcome the effects of a contaminated water system – and Puerto Rico, and the Bahamas, providing millions of gallons to hurricane-ravaged island nations. “We are tapping into the best source of water we’ve got, and there’s no shortage of it,” he said.in a recent interview with Atlanta Black Star
Pricing for the technology is based on scale. West said the technology can produce water in most locations for about 5 cents per gallon. Available in either ground or vehicle configurations, the units are no lightweights, weighing in at about 1100 and 175 pounds, respectively. Prices start at $18,000 for the Gen-40 vehicle model and $30,000 for the larger, Gen-350 ground unit.
In 2019 Moses found he had competition in this new technology as several companies began offering their own versions of the AWG. Nu Image Solutions offers commercial atmospheric water generators that use the same technology as our Moses West’s units, by converting air to water from humidity out of the air to produce purified drinking water. Their commercial AWG production capacity ranges from 26 gallons per day to over 1300 gallons per day. They tout themselves as the answer for military, schools, hospitals, agriculture, and emergency uses such as disaster relief, relief as well as Water outages/shortages
The competition to monopolize this industry is seconded by Founder of Drinkable Air, Inc, Al Szur, who first learned about Atmospheric Water Generation (AWG) technology in 2007. He was immediately sold on the benefits of producing water from the humidity in the air. The next popular brand of AWG is Chameleon 60SS system which uses an atmospheric water generator that literally takes unadulterated drinking water from the natural moisture in the air, guaranteeing 99.9% purity. Tsunami Products, Inc. specializes in products like the Tsunami Model 500 a Medium-scale atmospheric water generator. Perfect for homes, offices, schools, hospitals, gymnasiums, cafés & restaurants, hotels, and other facilities.
AquaViable was founded according to their website to provide the clean drinking water solution you’ve been looking for. By imitating nature, their simple yet elegant system provides what they call “the purest premium drinking water available.” The AV-900 supplies enough daily drinking water for about 1,800 people. With AquaViable you start cleaner (they say) because your air is free of the toxic metals, pharmaceutical and plastic residues, chlorine, hormones, and other contaminants. Island Sky Corporation was incorporated in Florida on April 1, 2004. The Company has developed a patented process for transferring water vapor (atmospheric humidity) into potable water, and markets its water-making-machines internationally.
Aldelano boasts the Solar WaterMakerTM is an atmospheric water generator powered only by the sun. It comes as a freestanding generator or as an attachment to any Aldelano solar cooler. Last but not least at the top is a Nigerian company, Hoblot Nigeria Limited (HNL) has come up with their own version of Moses West’s disruptive innovation technology to help the country mitigate the impact of perennial problem of unsafe water, Hoblot innovatively tackles the problem of water scarcity in Nigeria through Atmospheric Water Generation (AWG) Technology which extracts water from humidity.