DropNet Fog Collector Concept Harvests Water Out Of Thin Air

If, as many experts believe, freshwater will be the most sought-after natural resource of the 21st century, the DropNet design for extracting water from thin air and mist (which comes to us by way of Green Diary) won’t remain a concept much longer.

The bachelor’s thesis of Imke Hoehler, an industrial design student at the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Frankfurt, the DropNet is a netting-based, tent-like structure capable of collecting around 3-5 gallons a day, literally “out of thin air.”  The designer envisions her design as a great help for supplying drinking water in isolated areas and/or areas with a low infrastructure, as several collectors could be installed together and connected by pipelines.


image via Imke Hoehler

The DropNet can be used on flat as well as on uneven ground and is especially suited for arid, coastal areas with altitudes between 650 to 4,000 feet that see a great deal of average fog accumulation–such as, say, parts of Chile, Peru, Haiti, South Africa, Eritrea, Nepal, Spain and Portugal.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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