Anurag Sarda (Undergraduate Semester 9 Product Design) for your international achievement in winning the 1st Place at the Time to Care Sustainable Design Award held by Victorinox Swiss Army, Switzerland for your Project “Leaf : Producing water out of thin air – and Solar Power”
PRODUCING WATER OUT OF THIN AIR – AND SOLAR POWER
A low-maintenance, self-generating water source that uses solar power to produce 20 liters of drinkable water a day, LEAF sounds like something from a science-fiction novel.
LEAF is inspired from a natural leaf that produces due drops on it. Water is artificially generated on it through condensation. The electricity generated through solar energy, helps in cooling the metallic surface on the top of the unit and its temperature is monitored and varied with the help of an electronic circuit. Due to the change in temperature, due drops are generated on its surface and gets collected through the slope surface into the earthen pot. The water slowly trickles through the sand and at the bottom of it is a layer of sand. The filter has to be removed from time to time to clean it, but otherwise, you've got yourself a low-maintenance water generating unit. On the other hand, the water gets cooled as it is stored in the earthen pot. The LEAF is 18 feet tall and collects 20 liters of water in 24 hours and structurally strong as all the components fit into each other.
My approach is to generate water and make it drinkable.
To promote the core values that have contributed to our 127 years of success and fame, Victorinox Swiss Army is proud to announce Time to Care, a yearlong initiative celebrating “The Spirit of Innovation and Sustainability.”
Running from late March through end of September 2011, the Time to Care project showcases the innovative Victorinox Swiss Army Alliance line of watches and chronographs. It consists of two initiatives: a traveling photography exhibition celebrating sustainable design and an international sustainable design competition. The events seek to promote and generate innovative and design solutions.