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Could this technology solve the world’s water problems? (Photo: m01229/Flickr.)

Thanks to the advancements of solar power, everything from lamps to cars can be energized by the sun. The latest usage of this source of energy is dedicated to harvesting water. Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley have created a solar-powered tool that uses humidity in the air to produce clean drinking water. This means that it can be used in incredibly dry areas and could potentially aid in areas of massive drought or where clean drinking water is inaccessible.

While the device is solar-powered, it relies heavily on metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), which are the components that can attract water. The MOFs are converted into a power that is then stored in the device. One kilo of MOF can produce nearly three liters of water in 12 hours on a 20 to 30 percent humidity day. To put that in perspective, today’s humidity in San Diego and New York City is 82 and 73 percent, respectively.

The technology is currently in the prototype stage of development, but has already proven that it works in real-world environments.

For further explanation, check out the video below.

h/t The Next Web