How Arizona expertise could help solve global water challenges
Arizona’s history of advancing water engineering and science goes back almost 2,000 years ago, when the Hohokam people developed an extensive irrigation system that extended for hundreds of miles and supported a productive society. Today, research at the state’s universities is contributing to water systems innovations and advances in water-related technologies. Among the most inventive and potentially impactful is SOURCE Global, founded by Cody Friesen, a Fulton Schools associate professor of materials science and engineering. His company’s unique system uses a solar-powered device to extract moisture from the air that can be turned into drinking water. The hydropanels that accomplish the conversion eliminate the need for obtaining operating power from an electric grid, which enables the system to be more easily installed anywhere in the world that has adequate access to sunlight.