Martin worked with fellow engineer John Rollinger to bring the idea to the mobile realm by creating a prototype system of pumps and filters that run up to a dispenser inside the cab of the vehicle. "On-The-Go H2O" -- as the project is now called -- works in a fairly straightforward fashion. Droplets of water that form when the air conditioner removes humidity are collected in a reservoir instead of falling to the ground.
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"When the passenger or driver activates the system, it pumps water from the reservoir through a point-one micron filter to remove any organic impurities, to a faucet on the central console cupholder," Martin says in the demo video. "I do see this as a big benefit in developing countries. If all the cars had this, and there's a shortage of clean water, they can take not-so-clean water, run it through this system and have clean water."
Martin's testing revealed that the average car can produce more than 64 ounces of water per hour -- the equivalent of four standard water bottles. With a dispenser actually in the car, he envisions fewer roadside stops and, hopefully, less plastic water bottles in circulation.
The technology is still in the prototype phase, but as you can see in the presentation video below, Martin is optimistic that the idea will eventually make its way into mass production.
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