Recently, I was catching up on my reading. An article's title caught my attention---Redirect military budgets to climate and pandemics (Nature, V 584, 27 August 2020, 521-523)---I know, I know, this article was a year old---my catch-up pile is rather high! The author was Denise Garcia, associate professor of political science and international affairs at Northeastern University, Boston, MA. She is also a vice-chair of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control, and a member of the International Panel for the Regulation of Autonomous Weapons. Garcia's article is worth reading in its entirety. But, what spoke to me was her list of four priorities, one of which is relevant directly to the water-from-air industry. The four priorities are: stop new arms races, abide by the Arms Trade Treaty, implement the 2015 Paris climate agreement, and invest in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs, agreed to in 2015). SDG 6 is Ensure access to water and sanitation for all. Atmoswater Research, in its own low-key way---evidenced by the content of the Atmoswater website and list of projects done for clients over the years---is trying to contribute to SDG 6. In so doing, we can claim to be part of the four priorities------helping, as Garcia said, "...steer the world towards a safer course." I like to be inspired by this role, especially when the going gets tough, as it so often does.
This quotation defines the fundamental market for the water-from-air industry.
"The pandemic has exposed huge inequalities in water security, with more than 2 billion people, half of schools, and one-quarter of health-care facilities lacking a basic water or sanitation service."---as stated by 16 co-signatories in Correspondence published in Nature 583, 360 (2020).
But, it is challenging to develop business models to address these markets in which the individual members seldom can afford innovations. Although technical water-from-air advancements remain important to work on, the need for business model inventiveness is likely to be even more necessary.
I have been researching and developing drinking-water-from-air technologies since 1984. As a physical geographer, I strive to contribute an accurate, scientific point-of-view to the field.