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Emirati's water collector obtains patent from UK

posted on 09/05/2013: 2586 views


An Emirati entrepreneur has obtained a patent for his sea-borne water collector, a unique invention to collect airborne moisture that can be used to provide clean water to arid regions like the UAE without having to resort to desalination.

Abdullah Al Shehi, a 31-year old inventor from Abu Dhabi, told Khaleej Times that this apparatus can collect airborne moisture, such as rainwater or dew, and can be adapted to float or rest on a body of water above the water level.

"The cost involved with desalination is huge as it requires energy. Alma (the name of the invention, which means water in Arabic) can help reduce the cost drastically. An Alma would take up to 20 square miles and it can collect up to 253.6 million litres a month, serving many households in the UAE," he said.

Patented by IP Consult in the UK, the apparatus, which is commercially named as Al-Ma, can be anchored to collect airborne moisture such as rain water, dew or mist over water bodies such as seas or lakes. The water thus collected is pure and does not require desalination for commercial usage.

Al Shehi first filed the application in August 2011. On February 2013, the patent was granted by UK patent office with IP Consult, UK. The Patent number is GB 2493699A.

"This is a unique invention with great potential for countries with poor water resources like the UAE or other regional countries. I am planning to seek investors to commercialise this invention and market it to countries that can benefit from it. As an initial step, we will seek to present it soon to environmental bodies," Al Shehi said.

Al Shehi grew up in the town of Falah near Al Ain and is a trained electrical and electronics engineer with a degree from Huddersfield University in West Yorkshire, UK. - Emirates News Agency, WAM

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