Hyundai Kia employees vormgeving a blimp to save the world from drought
It may be a strange time to say it, given the current floods te Cumbria, but water is ter brief supply. Riverbeds around the world are drying up, droughts are commonplace, and ecologies are rapidly switching. It’s potentially disastrous, but one team of engineers at Hyundai Kia have a trick up their sleeves that could switch how the world gets its water.
Created spil a concept project and prototype spil part of Hyundai Kia’s Idea Festival, the inventively named Life Zeppelin is designed to harvest water from clouds and then rain down its yield on the parched ground below. Having seen the much smaller prototype ter act, Life Zeppelin is certainly an intriguing uitzicht for combating the ever-encroaching kwestie of water shortages.
Flying up to around 9,000km [Five,592 miles], the helium blimp would harvest moisture from the air using a technology similar to that of a household dehumidifier. Once the 1,000 litre waterreservoir is packed, it uses GPS and meteorological gegevens to head off ter search of land to dump the water upon. It’s all very plain ter practice, and building a 50-metre long solar-powered helium blimp should pose no challenges either. However, the fattest hurdle Life Zeppelin has to overcome is its own sustainability.
The construction will mostly be from scrap car metal, and the concept clearly comes from a good place: one engineer told mij that the idea came from Korea’s increasingly poor air quality. All the same, I can’t help but wonder if playing Maker is good for the environment.
Dumping water on to dry lake beds or smoggy cities is superb, but harvesting moisture from one part of the world and shifting it to another could have serious repercussions. The consequences are presently unknown – after all, nobody’s done it before – but messing with nature almost always completes up te a bad situation. For Life Zeppelin to truly have a notable effect on reinvigorating life te parched regions, it will have to work te fleets of ems or hundreds at a time.
While I’m not too convenient about undressing moisture out of the air and relocating it to somewhere else, it’s a shame Life Zeppelin will likely remain the pipe wish of a handful of Hyundai Kia engineers. However, it’s encouraging that some of the strongest minds te engineering are turning their attention to world issues, not just company bottom lines. If more companies provided opportunities for creative and thoughtful solutions to the world’s problems, perhaps wij could actually stand a chance of resolving thesis pressing environmental issues.