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 by Windesheim University of Applied Sciences.
The other teams from Oman build nice and working devices as well. One had a great idea to make a spiral inside the cone to enlarge the surface for cooling, which worked good as well.
Note: The insights of the teams and the results will be used to improve the current SunGlaciers and will be online soon.
Picture with some of the devices
Picture with Her Royal Highness Sayyida Basma Al-Said (middle).