Can we solve the freshwater problem by taking moisture out of the atmosphere with dehumidifiers? When we look at how the hydrologic cycle does its work, we get a straight and clear answer: no, we don’t solve the problem!

In Germany, the construction of Tesla’s Gigafactory near Berlin draws its attention, including its substantial need for freshwater. Despite its many lakes, the area around Berlin is among the driest in Germany. The atmosphere contains water vapor, and it seems like a tempting source for freshwater, just sitting there to be harvested by some form of technology. This is what a company claims to do (and quite a few others elsewhere as well). But can this promise hold up?

Continue reading “Can we solve the freshwater problem by taking moisture out of the atmosphere with dehumidifiers? When we look at how the hydrologic cycle does its work, we get a straight and clear answer: no, we don’t solve the problem!”