The Hydro Aero Device is a self-sufficient skyscraper that finds moisture in the desert air by means of condensation. Electricity is generated by the kinetic energy resulting from the friction created by the effect wind has on light piezoelectric strips. When warm, moist air comes into contact with the colder tubes, condensation forms on the walls, trickling down to be collected. From there, the water is supplied to the building and region’s citizens and travelers.
The clean water obtained is transported through one-sided open canals that ensure the retention of moisture to a central collecting-tank. Used water/greywater is reused on the inhabited levels of Hydro Aero Device, which is then filtered and stored in the glass housings of the elevation. This closed circulation allows for a more efficient use of water, which is a luxurious commodity in the desert regions.
Facing towards the wind in order to trap electrical charges is economically more sound than employing costly solar panels. The chimney-like construction of Hydro Aero Device ensures efficient air-molecule trapping, which leads to the motion of the piezoelectrical strips. The resulting accumulated energy is then stored in batteries hidden in the elevation’s construction beams.
Designer: Bartłomiej Gowin and Tomasz Janus