Russian scientist Andrew Kazantsev and his team have created a device called the Air HES (Air Hydro Electric Station) that could extract water from clouds, providing clean water and renewable energy to the planet. The prototype of the device has been tested and was able to produce a gallon of water from low-level clouds in about an hour (The Weather Channel). The Air HES is comparable to a blimp or large weather balloon that includes a hanging mesh curtain which traps moisture as clouds pass through it. The water is collected and funneled through different attachments to a turbo generator, which then converts the water pressure to energy.
Kazantsev and his team claim that the device could create 800 terawatts of power, which is 60 times the amount needed by the world population (Red Orbit). This new source of power would be much cleaner and more environmentally-friendly than the fossil fuels we currently use. The group’s ultimate goal is to provide clean water and electricity to those in need, especially in the poorer parts of the world. The team has recently launched an Indiegogo campaign in the hopes of securing enough money to build a full-scale version of the Air HES. For further information on the device, check out the Air HES website.