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Airdrop Irrigation System Wins 2011 James Dyson Award Top Prize
Linacre was inspired to create his design because of the effects of climate change on his native Australia. Droughts have plagued the country recently and he was looking to mitigate the loss of ecosystems to lack of water. Linacre’s system solves many problems that plague farmers during droughts, in addition to providing water it brings moisture to crops below the soil’s surface where it is not likely to evaporate in high temperatures.
The Airdrop provides a self-sufficient system that could help solve many of the irrigation problems facing drought ridden farms by harvesting and watering crops with its efficient method of extracting small amounts of moisture from the air and feeding it under the surface soil. In high winds the turbine that provides the air flow in the system can run with the power of the breeze, and in low winds there is a solar panel attached to provide the energy to spin the turbine and capture air. The design is also outfitted with an LCD screen that allows for monitoring by the farmer. It displays reserve water levels, solar battery life and the health of the system. With climate change becoming an increasing problem in agricultural communities around the world, solutions for growing crops in even the harshest of weather patterns are coming into increasing demand. Here, Edward Linacre’s Airdrop system seems like a self sufficient farm savior.
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