Airdrop Irrigation System Wins 2011 James Dyson Award Top Prize

by , 11/08/11

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.

+ James Dyson Award Winner

Via Core77

Related Posts


or your inhabitat account below


  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

    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 . . .

  • Read Inhabitat

  • Search Categories

  • Recent Posts

  • Recent Comments

  • Browse by Keyword

inhabitat inhabitat

get the free Inhabitat newsletter

Submit this form
popular today
all time
most commented
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
Federated Media Publishing - Home