Hyderabad: Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (CSIR-IICT) on Friday announced its collaboration with Hyderabad-based Maithri Aquatech Private Limited to develop low-cost indigenous Atmospheric Water Generators (AWG), a device that can extract water from the humid ambient air.
The first unit of 1000 litres per day capacity AWG is expected to be launched this August, which coincides with platinum jubilee celebrations of IICT. The AWG machine will be named as ‘Meghdoot’ according to a press release.
IICT officials said that the aim is to develop AWG with an improved design of critical parts like compressor, condenser and evaporator with the system to be operated on solar power to minimize operating costs.
The project also involves the development of a flow process for online remineralisation of water to potable quality in terms of total dissolved solids (TDS) through fortification with essential salts, according to a press release.
CSIR-IICT’s indigenous ultrafiltration technology would be applied for clarification and disinfection of the water for drinking purpose whereas specific resin columns would be incorporated for producing pharma and medical grade water.
Subsequently, the units are expected to be produced on a large scale for remote villages, coastal regions and border areas to benefit the rural population, medical centres and Indian soldiers.
This project is a brainchild of the famous author Arun Tiwari, and CSIR-IICT Director, Dr S Chandrasekhar, who has always believed in development of science and technology for the benefit of the masses.