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Texas Military Forces Partners with Local University to Research Alternate Water Sources

AUSTIN, Texas (May 20, 2015) - The Texas Army National Guard has partnered with Trinity University on a sustainability initiative as a way to address the possibility of water becoming a scarce resource. 

On Saturday, May 23, 2015, a demonstration event, tour and informational briefing of atmospheric water generation (AWG) technology will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Trinity University, in San Antonio. The demonstration will illustrate the AWG technology in coordination with the specialized equipment of the Texas Army National Guard, as a sustainable source of water for use to support homeland security and domestic response missions.

“Water is a mission critical resource for the military and essential for military operations,” stated Col. Tracy R. Norris, Director for the Construction and Facilities Management Office for the Texas Army National Guard. “It’s used for drinking, food preparation, medical care, hygiene, and sanitation. Without it, we greatly reduce the ability of our forces to effectively carry out their mission. Water is also mission imperative at our installations across the state to support our soldiers with their training and operational needs.”

Trinity Engineering Science Associate Professor Diana Glawe, Ph.D., P.E., will be testing the capabilities of an atmospheric water generation technology that is based on the principle of dehumidifying the air and producing high quality water that meets drinking water requirements. In a sense, the AWG technology extracts the surrounding water vapor and produces drinkable water. 

Although not a new concept, the AWG technology being tested at Trinity is reported to produce over 2,200 gallons a day and has an operating range down to 20 percent relative humidity. Additionally, the AWG technology claims to be able to produce drinking water with minimal electric consumption. 

Part of Dr. Glawe’s analysis will include the energy requirements of the AWG technology and the feasibility of supporting it with a renewable source of energy such as solar power. This in theory would make the AWG technology a sustainable option for water production.


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