James Dyson Award 2011 Top 20 Engineers' shortlist

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Airdrop (Australia)

Problem: Drought has devastating consequences, but there is an abundant source of water in the air around us.
Solution: Airdrop irrigation feeds air though a network of subterranean piping, cooling the air and allowing condensation. It then pumps this water directly to the crops above.
Dyson engineers said: “We like how the designer engineered a very simple low cost product to help drought stricken areas. The clever idea here is how he’s used cool subterranean ground to condense water out of the air.”