The partners of the SunGlacier Challenge invite teams of universities worldwide to join this unique challenge in Oman (20-23 March 2018) to make water from the air! Create as a university team your own SunGlacier (based on the techniques that will be provided), arrange your travel to Oman and compete with other teams. Main goal: going further with the latest techniques to provide the world with a new, reliable and cheap water source!
In this Challenge max. 15 teams will be selected to construct their SunGlacier, bring it the competition. Be aware that after the final GO-NO GO decision in October the first selection round of teams will be at 15 November.
In 2010 Artist Ap Verheggen started the “Art meets Science” project SunGlacier: Harvest Water from Air, fully powered by Solar Energy. With a team of volunteering experts ‘the SunGlacier Team’ he tested the limits to investigate how small and cheap we can build a water harvest machine that is off-grid, powered by solar energy. Because solar energy can be limited and variable – with cloud cover and night cycles – we faced the challenge to use all energy as efficient as possible. The first SunGlacier sculpture is built with existing, off-the-shelf technology, but the latest versions are built with our own custom-designed technology.
Ap Verheggen combined design and technology and built several prototypes and one of them: “DC03” even runs without a battery, a convertor, or a fan. So nearly no maintenance and nothing can break. A cheap Peltier cooler is directly connected to a small solar panel and it makes drops of water. This technology is so promising because of low costs and durable components that Ap published all details on his website www.SunGlacier.com
The accelerate the speed of development of this promising SunGlacier technology, some partners joined forces and decided to launch the SunGlacier Challenge, with the goal to produce water out of air, powered by solar energy. The competition location will be Oman, with the partner Sultan Qaboos University.
The partners invite teams teams of university students, young professionals from knowledge institutes or groups of friends in the field to build their own SunGlacier and join this competition. Note: The participants needs to be younger than 35 years.
At this stage the SunGlacier Challenge the partners needs to make the final GO decision in November 2017.
After the SunGlacier Challenge a Conference will be organized to learn more about the techniques from each other. Experts will be asked to join the Conference programme.
In the SunGlacier Challenge programme various social and cultural activities will be organized to meet each other and experience the culture and country of Oman.
The techniques of SunGlacier will be public here. This is the basic information to use for your own SunGlacier. You can also make your own SunGlacier!
Maximum 15 teams from various countries worldwide will be selected for this event.
Every team will get a standard solar pannel of 250 Watt (peak). Panel can turn with the sun if designed. A Peltier element (if used) can be replaced one time, when broken. The winner of the competition is based on a 48 hours run.
We have three other criteria for extra prices:
The prices will be announced in a later stage, after attracting more partners.
The official registration is via the registration button of this website. If you are interested as and/or already formed a team, please send Mr. Tim van der Staaij an email.
The first selection round for teams that can join the SunGlacier Challenge will be at 30 October.
The participation of this challenge and the conference afterwards is free. Project partners and Sponsors will cover the costs.
However the travel of the student team and the SunGlacier, the accommodation and daily costs needs to be paid by the participating team. The team is allowed to find sponsors.
For more information about participation as team or university, please contact Tim van der Staaij (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For other information about companies as potential partner, please contact Johan Oost (email@example.com) or Jaap Feil (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Would you as company, university, knowledge institute, government and/or NGO like to step in to make this SunGlacier Challenge a success? Do you think that dew harvesting will contribute to the cocktail of water sources? Would you like to meet Young Talents? Please join the SunGlacier as partner.
More information about the sponsorship requirements and other information to become potential partner, please contact Johan Oost (email@example.com) or Jaap Feil (Jaap Feil@wetskills.com).