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The 2011 James Dyson Award has just been handed to Edward Linacre of Melbourne, Australia for his Airdrop irrigation system — a device capable of transforming drought-ridden areas into fertile farmland. The Airdrop is modeled after the Namib Desert is
 
The 2011 James Dyson Award has just been handed to Edward Linacre of Melbourne, Australia for his Airdrop irrigation system — a device capable of transforming drought-ridden areas into fertile farmland. The Airdrop is modeled after the Namib Desert beetle, which is able to live in the driest of conditions by capturing and collecting small amounts of water from the air. Linacre's irrigation system harvests tiny amounts of moisture from even the driest climate and then pushes the moisture through a network of piping that condenses it and funnels it directly to the roots of crops. Linacre's winning design netted him a prize of about $16,000, which he'll use for testing.

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  1. SBlack February 14, 2012 at 4:05 am

    Is this device available for sale?

  2. Rosan Basha December 4, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Really amazing.nobody can expect this. this is really very very helpful not only to the farmers of Australia but also world wide.
    Our Indian farmers are very much benefited if it comes in reality within short time . We indians are expecting eagerly for the arrival.
    once again my heartly congratulation Edward. Keep it up.

  3. PaddyODea November 23, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Hello Edward, I’ve just seen this – and hearing my mother in South Africa talk about the drought there and having seen the harm to crops and livelihoods, I cannot tell you how much hope this gives me. It’s the best news I have heard in a long long time. I hope your invention can be rolled out successfully to help farmers everywhere! Congratulations for wining the James Dyson Award.All the very best to you, you clever, clever, creative young man! Paddy O’Dea

  4. nlybnrj November 16, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Its a unique invention,which is applicable to mankind.I shall be happy i you could enlighten me more on this,so that I can try to be of some help to the marginal farmers in India.

  5. dayaraju.palepu November 14, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Hallo Edward.

    I congratulate you. last day i saw news as air droup irrigation. am happy. iam working with farmers through drought areas.India in andhra pradesh. I will try this instrument make it. kindly help me edward.

    Thank u

    dayaraju.p
    Nonformal educational facilityator

  6. Gillis November 8, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    what is the cost of this system? can it be used now? if not, what other effective system is there available now? what are the restrictions, land mass, that this system can be used on? how many acres? the proposed land mass is 20 acres to be bordered by trees, with a proposed garden to feed inhabitants.

  7. feline74 November 8, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Anyone else remembering the wind-traps from DUNE? All the Aussies need now are stillsuits and weirding modules . . .

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