Water from the air

Finally affordable

The way out of the water crisis

Aquahara’s mission is to develop cost-effective, environmentally friendly and decentralized water supply systems in all regions of the world that suffer from water-shortage. Whilst seawater desalination is considered an effective source of water, it is only available along coast-lines. Additionally, desalination systems consume high amounts of fossil-fuel and are prone to causing environmental damage. An alternative has been the extraction of water from the air by cooling and condensation. However, this method consumes a lot of energy and is too expensive for a large-scale supply. Aquahara has developed a much cheaper process for extracting and harvesting water from the air. Our alternative to electricity is solar heat and instead of condensation we use salt to extract water from air humidity. We make water from air affordable.  

How does it work?

It is commonly known from everyday life that salt absorbs moisture. For example, salt in the salt shaker gets wet and sticky, or applying to a spill on a tablecloth can help remove the stain.

We have adapted this phenomenon to absorb water from the air in order to extract clean fresh water.

Some types of salt attract so much water that they not only stick but become liquid. The salt solution is heated in a distillation unit with solar energy and releases the water in the form of steam again. The steam is cooled and condensed to clean fresh water.

Aquahara Technology GmbH has significantly reduced the costs of this process through technical improvements and developments.

The first of our patent applications already has a positive search report.

How to solve the global water crises?

There are various methods for producing clean drinking water. 1. The predominant method in offshore regions is building increasingly deeper wells and to use more complex purification methods to clean already existing but poor water resources. 2. The capacity of seawater desalination plants increases annually by approximately 7 million m3 of fresh water per day. Although this shows the huge increase in demand, seawater desalination is no option from 150 km inland. 3. Atmospheric water generators, which condense water from the air with the aid of an air-conditioning system. This way of extracting water from air still is extremely expensive, due to the high power consumption involved.

Why is Aquahara technology being developed now?

The process for absorbing moisture from the air in salt is known from dehumidification. It is used both industrially and in the household to dry the air in moist rooms with granules. Since salt has a very corrosive effect, very expensive materials such as titanium had to be used in industrial plants. For the first time, Aquahara’s patent pending process improvements and the availability of new materials will cut production costs dramatically.        

How can you draw water from extremely dry desert air?

Even very dry desert air still contains 7 ml of water per cubic meter of air. The process developed by Aquahara extracts about 1 ml of water per cubic meter of air. If you want to extract a glass of water, you need about 200 cubic meters of air. This is approximately the equivalent air mass of a small breeze flowing around our bodies over 2 minutes.

How much water is produced what does it cost?

20 x 20 meters (66 feet x 66 feet) of solar panels can produce 1,000 liters (264 gallons) of water per day. Current atmospheric water generators currently produce water at a cost of about 0.05 € per liter, that is about 50, – € per m3. With our technology we aim to reduce these costs by 80 to 90% and our first tests indicate that we can reach this very competitive cost level. 

When will the test facility be seen?

All components of the technical process are currently being tested in a test facility. By the end of 2019, systematic tests will be performed on our prototype. It will be deployed in Marrakech in Morocco for demonstration purposes. In 2020 we will start our first pilot projects.

Dr. Philippe Verplancke

Managing Director
Dr. Philippe Verplancke studied electrical engineering and worked for several years as a senior consultant at McKinsey & Company after completing his doctorate at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics.

Prior to founding Aquahara Technology GmbH, Dr. Philippe Verplancke was founding member of two start-ups. One of them, XClinical, an international software company in the biopharmaceutical industry is successfully operating in the market since 2002 and continues to grow in Europe, USA and Japan.


Ilyes Ben Hassine

Development Engineer
With a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Stuttgart, Ilyes Ben Hassine was a development engineer at Bosch and a research associate at Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences for seven years. There he was involved in the development of systems for solar process heat and solar cold and found his passion for working with renewable energy.


Cordula Krüsmann

Finance Manager
After completing her studies in economics, Cordula Krüsmann was initially managing director of a state-subsidized private hospital in Germany.
Cordula is very familiar with Asia through more than a decade of residence in China. For several years she represented the interests of Austrian companies in China at the Austrian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai.


Rinalds Sluckis

Business Development
Rinalds is a serial entrepreneur, manager and investor in several technology start-ups. He’s experienced in enterprise technology consulting, international business development, post-merger integration and organizational transformation programs. Outside the ‘business world’, Rinalds is a passionate triathlete and winner of multiple international long-distance triathlon competitions.


Michael Nimtsch

Managing Director at MWN Equity Investment GmbH
MWN Equitiy Investment GmbH has financed Aquahara Technology GmbH as a business angel. A main focus of the company is on start-ups with above-average growth potential in the field of renewable energies and the development of innovative technologies.

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Solar powered water production facilities are environmentally friendly, sustainable and can be built anywhere, even far away from the coastal areas. Aquahara Technology GmbH will supply essential components and technology licenses for the construction of solar water production facilities.

We will provide further informations to interested investors, after the signing of a non-disclosure agreement.

Aquahara Technology is eligible under the Guidelines of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy for "INVEST Commitment on Venture Capital". Investors can apply for venture capital grants.


Aquahara Technology GmbH

Römerstraße 23
82205 Gilching
Tel.: +49 8105 3948953