Inspired by Nature...Fog Catcher

A team of researchers from the University of Texas at Arlington is currently developing a device to catch fog and dew to provide a source of water for desert inhabitants. The device, consisting of a wire mesh system of zinc wires, was developed by Dr. Cheng Luo, an engineering professor at UTA. The design was inspired by birds' beaks, and the way they hinge at a 90-degree angle to be able to catch water droplets when it's misty outside. Luo aspires to develop a larger system within the next few years with the capacity to catch 10 fluid ounces of water an hour, powered by a solar panel and a small motor. He hopes his device will contribute to sustainable water collection in arid areas of the U.S. and around the world, improving quality of life and clean drinking water supplies. For full article visit: http://www.asce.org/CEMagazine/ArticleNs.aspx?id=23622332426#.VC1vWmddVps