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Dubaj získala druhý prototyp systému S.A.W.E.R.,

The installation was carried out and announced by specialists from the University Centre for Energy Efficient Buildings (UCEEB) of CTU.

In the coming months, this team will explore the features and possibilities of this unique system with experts and students from Dubai University. This project should kick-start a long-term collaboration between CTU and the Rochester Institute.

The container version of S.A.W.E.R. will be used for educational and research purposes. Management of the institute became acquainted with this specific device in August, prior to the opening of the Czech national pavilion and the gates of the postponed General World Exhibition EXPO 2020. This is being hosted by Dubai. In September, CEEB delivered the mobile version of the system to CTU as planned.

"We are very pleased that we have managed to set up such close cooperation with the CTU. For our students and researchers, this is an important contribution to study and research in energy and materials engineering. At the same time, it opens up opportunities for us to develop other exciting futuristic possibilities," said Yousuf Assaf, President of the Rochester Institute of Technology in Dubai.
At the same time, we are expanding our collaboration in the use of drones with the Electrical Engineering Faculty in Prague, whose team won several awards at the Abu Dhabi World Showcase. I also see possibilities with regards to the international project in the Formula Student car design competition. Our institute is in the process of building a single seater right now," said Assaf.

The university's Centre for Energy Efficient Buildings at CTU was heavily involved in the development of the first containerised version of the S.A.W.E.R., which was put into trial operation in 2019 in the Sweihan Desert near Abu Dhabi. The UCEEB experts then took the tested device back to the laboratories in Bustehrad, where they doubled its water capture capacity after running it for six months in real conditions. Since the opening of EXPO this October, investors from all over the world have become intensely interested in the Czech technological "miracle".

"In the beginning, the idea was to combine five Czech patents and innovations to contribute to the theme of the Universal World Expo 'Connecting Minds - Creating the Future', including a functional demonstration of how to cultivate a dry desert and turn it into a flourishing oasis. This idea has become interesting not only from a technological point of view, but also from a business perspective," said Jiří František Potužník, the author of this initiative and General Commissioner of the Czech participation at EXPO.

"We are delighted with the interest of the media, potential investors and the emerging prospect of long-term cooperation after the end of the exhibition. We came to Dubai with such an idea," added Potužník.

The S.A.W.E.R. technology installed in the Czech National Pavilion extracts more than 800 litres of water from the air daily, which sprays the garden in front of the entrance to the exhibition. The mobile version, which consists of two freight containers, is capable of "producing" up to 200 litres of distilled water, which is converted into drinking water by the WatiMin mineralisation unit. CTU has already developed a model that can be carried by two people. It has a capacity of 20 litres of water per day. Experts in Prague are now working on a personalised version of the size of a field bottle.