SunGlacier produces – water from air – in hot and dry desert.
Our 20-foot container is just installed on top of the Dutch pavilion at the World Expo in Dubai. First test runs in Dubai already proved that this new technology is a break-through in harvesting atmospheric water: 50 liters/hour. That is a staggering 1200 liters/day! The Dutch pavilion at the World Expo shows and experiences the future of this planet by uniting water, energy and food. In the SunGlacier project we want to inspire people to tap into new dimensions with creativity, art and science. It will represent a creative way of thinking about adaptation to climate change. The projects explores the boundaries of science and technology. Soon more news from Dubai!
Ap Verheggen: “Climate Change = Culture Change”
Very real opportunities now exist for water from the SunGlacier technology to be used for drinking in off-grid locations (with the addition of minerals), and for agriculture in scaled-up applications including greenhouse production. This is good news for the future of alternative water resources. My story is about much more than an artist who pursued an idea; it’s about generating inspiration to support each other in a positive approach to the future. Climate Change = Culture Change! With the Covid-19 pandemic, stories of water scarcity are less visible in the media. Meanwhile, the urgent demand for water in a growing range of areas is turning into a cry for help. The youth has the future. New technologies can lead to new applications. I involve students and young professionals in inventing new ideas and learn how we can benefit from new technologies to battle future challenges. Therefore Ap closely works together with:
Nationaal Waterstraineeship (Dutch students and young professionals in the water sector)
Wetskills (a worldwide organisation for water related students)
European Junior Water Programme (young professionals in the water sector)
SunGlacier builds a rain shower @ WorldExpo Dubai
At the Netherlands Pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai, designers and artists are shining the spotlight on technological innovation. Not only do they add aesthetic value through the power of their imagination; they also help promote a wider acceptance of new technology, resulting in a more beautiful and better world. A spectacular interior. For 150 years now, world fairs have made an important contribution to the history of architecture. A number of structures erected for a world fair are still standing today, such as the Eiffel Tower and the Atomium. This will not be the case for the Netherlands Pavilion in Dubai, which will be completely dismantled after the Expo is over, leaving a minimal footprint. But its impact will be no less for that. V8 Architects deliberately opted for a neutral exterior and simple construction materials. More info and press release.
stART to Care
stART to care is a new project to link artists with the heroes of the medical public service sectors that are putting their own well-being second in order to care of all of us during the Covid-19 crisis. This is for the hospital intensive care (ICU) staff and ambulance paramedics, the community volunteers, the sanitation workers, and all who continue giving their very best so that our own lives can carry on. Through stART to care, artists working in all mediums can send a “thank you” with a creative gesture (painting, sculpture, music etc.) to encourage their heroes and demonstrate a solidarity in hopes of making their day a bit brighter. (Music by Janieck)
Globe in Winter Season
Inspired by Google Earth, I made a sculpture with a fictional landscape, in epoxy, painted with blackboard varnish. Using chalk I can change the colors/seasons as I want. Film: Hessel Waalewijn
The greenhouse of the future
We grew grains in bread – 100% OFF-GRID. All water we extracted from outside and inside air. The – water from air – technology, including the climate control and growing lights were powered by solar energy. The bread supplied nutricians for the grains. This project shows that in the future we don’t need water anymore from conventional sources to grow our food.
SunGlacier on the Bloomberg Channel
Bloomberg broadcasted a TV and multimedia item about the cool(E)motion and SunGlacier project.
Technology versus Nature.
The SunGlacier project started as an art-meets-science project and now holds real world applications that can change how water resources are perceived. We are assembling a mobile – water from air – device that extracts 20 to 25 liters of fresh water per day. (in semi-desert conditions) This machine with the size of a table top refrigerator is designed to run on solar energy, but also can be plugged in the electrical grid.
This new water well supplies water for human consumption but also opens the door to off-grid farming. For the exhibition “De kunst van Brood” we build world’s first complete off-grid greenhouse. An artist’s view to the circular economy: we grow grains in bread – and circulate all water.
The result of this tough battle between nature’s laws and a new technology will be presented at the exhibition “De kunst van Brood” in Amsterdam.
New Art/Tech Project in progress:
Exhibition 9 T/M 12 MEI 2019
HET SIERAAD Postjesweg 1 Amsterdam