March 2018

Winning team SunGlacier Challenge: Windesheim University of Applied Sciences

Muscat/Amsterdam, 28 March 2018 The Dutch team of Windesheim University of Applied Sciences has won the first SunGlacier Challenge, a pilot event that has been organized in Muscat, Oman from 21-25 March 2018. They developed 4 SunGlacier devices, each with an own layout. All the devices harvested water from the air. (Picture above with the winning teams, Ap Verheggen, Dr. Ahmed Al-Busaidi and Prof. Kacimov, Department of Soils, Water and Agricultural Engineering from Sultan Qaboos University). 'Especially the device with some cones in serie was great. Some teachers in The Netherlands told them not to do so, because it wouldn't work. They did and it work. That is a great achievement and out-of-the-box thinking!' said Ap Verheggen, creator of the SunGlacier conc ept. During the research in Zwolle (The Netherlands) the team used heat cameras to improve the cool elements in the device. The team tested the devices several times in the Climate Chamber, provided...

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SunGlacier Challenge started 48 hours run: water from the air

At World Water Day the first SunGlacier Challenge has officially started in Muscat, Oman. 3 Omani and Dutch teams will compete coming 48 hours to see which device can get most water out of the air by using solar panels. Each team created a device, based on the philosophy to use simple and cheap Peltier elements for condensation. The 48 hours run will find out which different shapes, materials, constructions is the best combination. The lessons learned will be saved and used in next developments and events. The devices are placed at the campus of the Middle East Desalination Research Center (MEDRC), a prestigious center for water research (especially desalination) in the Middle East. The results will be presented at the World Water Day Celebration at the Sultan Qaboos University on Sunday 25 March 2018. In between, the teams will take care of the devices, discuss about their gained insights and have...

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The SunGlacier competition starts on World Water Day

 Muscat, Oman - 22 March 2018 (World Water Day) - SunGlacier Challenge Day 2 By Marcel Rompelman - Van Hall Larenstein / Windesheim University of Applied Science & Wetskills Foundation World Water day and the official start of the challenge. 8.30 sharp on the site of the Middle Eastern Desalination Research Centre, 3 nervous teams installing their devices. A bit windy so close to the shore of the Gulf. Already warm from the start today. I wonder if the machines will work. Ok, students are ready. What? All 3 devices work. Brilliant. After just a few minutes you can already see drops of water appearing. The first interested audience appears. After the official opening Marcel started the presentation on Wetsklls and the why of this challenge. Now it’s official : the first ever Sunglacier Challenge has started and we were there taking part. Sheiks and a princess attending the MEDRC conference to...

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The SunGlacier Challenge programme kick-starts

Muscat, Oman - 21 March 2018 - SunGlacier Challenge Day 1 By Marcel Rompelman - Van Hall Larenstein / Windesheim University of Applied Science & Wetskills Foundation After all preparations, this is the day that finally the SunGlacier programme officially starts.   The two Omani teams and a Dutch team will compete for who will get the most water out of the air (in 48 hours) in the coming days. But of course the teams firstly need to meet each other. With some interactive games the participants started to talk and got acquainted. But then: the preparations of the competition: As the teams use a trial and error approach, some tweaking of the setup is necessary. The Dutch team was sometimes helping out the Omani teams. All the teams were also getting new ideas from the supervisors Ahmed Al- Busaidi, Ap Verheggen and Marcel Rompelman. After a day of tweaking, changing a bit and trial and error,...

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Welcome to Oman: Dessert sands & rocks, Oases & Wadis

Muscat, Oman - 20 March 2018 - SunGlacier Challenge Day 0 By Marcel Rompelman - Van Hall Larenstein / Windesheim University of Applied Science & Wetskills Foundation We arrived a day earlier to Muscat to be able to unfreeze from the Dutch weather and get accustomed to the nearly 30 degrees in Oman. But what to do on the day before the actual challenge will start? Of course: visit some of the countryside and go outside Muscat (because most of the SunGlacier Challenge programme will be there).    A 4x4 took us to the Wahiba Sands for some dune bashing (but first up the explanation of the Fanja Oasis). After that we went with the Dutch participants  to the Wadi Bani Khaled for a good look of the functioning of valley filled with dade palms and the irrigation systems. Further down the valley there were some nice pools for a cooling swim where small fishes will...

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European water partners launch European Junior Water Programme

Brussels, 15 March 2018 The, Nationaal Watertraineeship and Wetskills with the support of European water platform WssTP are launching a new young professional programme: European Junior Water Programme (EJWP). The programme will be officially launched at the Water Market Europe in Brussel on 22 March. The programme is based upon the successful Dutch Nationaal Watertraineeship, which already created a network of more than 200 active young professionals. The EJWP offers a unique two-year programme to prepare the next generation to tackle Europe’s water management challenges and develop a future-proof model for a Water-Smart Society, in which the value of water is recognized and exploited as a precious resource and a crucial lever for economic performance and business growth.   In the view of a future Water-Smart Society able to valorise the reuse of water as well as the valuable substances and energy in water for different purposes, the programme aims at building...

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