Daily Mail reporter update: at 12: 03 on November 8, 2011, an Australian designer won this year's James Dyson award with an invention that sounds more like magic than science
The inventor's success was attributed to a small, inconspicuous beetle.
Edward linakry's elegant airdrop irrigation system pulls water out of the air
Could eventually solve the problem of drought
Affecting agricultural land use. The 27-year-
Old defeated a range of designers and innovators and won a £ 10,000 award designed to support design, technology and engineering education, medical research charities and local community projects.
Airdrop is low. cost, self-
Strong solutions for growing crops in dry areas.
Affected by Australia's worst drought in a century
Former student at Swinburne University of Science and Technology, Melbourne
Ask Nature for help and find ways to get water from the air.
He studied the Nano beetle, a clever species that lives in one of the driest places on Earth.
With half an inch of rain each year, the beetle can only survive by consuming the Dew it collects on the back's hydrophilic skin in the early morning.
AirDrop uses the same concept, and the principle is that even the driest air contains water molecules that can be extracted by lowering the air temperature to the condensation point.
It delivers air through an underground pipeline network, cools the air to where the water condenses, and delivers water directly to the roots of the plant.
James Dyson said: "Biomedical is a powerful weapon in the engineer's armory.
AirDrop shows how to apply simple, natural principles such as condensate water through skilled design and powerful engineering to achieve good results.
Young designers and engineers like Edward will develop simple and effective technologies in the future
In the process, they will solve the biggest problems in the world and improve their lives.
According to Mr Linacre's research,
In the driest desert, 5 ml of water is harvested per cubic meter of air.
More versions of his design may increase production.
Lin Akry, who was highly praised at the recent Australian international design award, said: "Won [Dyson Award's]
The £ 10,000 bonus means I can develop and test the airdrop system.
It has the potential to help farmers around the world and I am ready to meet the challenge of launching it.
"The concept of collecting moisture from the atmosphere is not a new concept, but Linka believes airdrops are more advantageous than competitors.
"Other systems that take water from the atmosphere usually require a lot of energy because they run refrigeration units," he said.
Airdrops only take advantage of the temperature difference between the air and the cool earth below the surface.
In addition, the university department in linkach received a £ 10,000 award to support other young engineers eager to follow in his footsteps.
The runner-up of the award includes the Kwick Screen, a portable retractable room partition developed by Michael Cohen, a student at the Royal College of Art in London.
KwickScreen allows healthcare professionals to make the most of the space available;
Provide maximum privacy, dignity and protection for patients.
Mr. Cohen's invention has attracted the attention of the national health insurance system.
Runners receive £ 2000 per person.
The award is open to any student majoring in product design, industrial design or Design Engineering (
Or graduated within four years of graduation)
People studying or studying in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, united Kingdom and United States