Aqualonis and the Water Foundation
The Aqualonis CloudFisher is a set of fog-harvesting nets that capture and collect water for use in foggy coastal areas.
The Aqualonis CloudFisher is a fog-collector that harvests fog from the air when it blows into the CloudFisher’s 3D mesh nets, and collects the condensed water into a trough for use in suitable coastal locations.
Coastal regions where rainfall is scarce but clouds and fog are plentiful, marked as blue dots in the map.
The CloudFisher is manufactured and sold by Aqualonis only and delivered worldwide.
$1,050 for a test unit to $12,000 for a minimum order of five full-scale CloudFishers. Prices are lower for larger orders.
Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation
Institutions, communities, households, businesses such as distilleries and bottling plants.
The CloudFisher is manufactured in Munich, Germany and shipped to the destination country. Installation consists of site evaluation for optimal net placement, pouring concrete foundations, setting up the metal frame and nets, and is carried out on-site by local labor under the supervision of an Aqualonis employee.
The CloudFisher is a registered trademark of the WaterFoundation and is licensed exclusively to Aqualonis for marketing and sales. Patent is pending.
Users can order the product from the manufacturer which ships the product and provides on-site installation support.
Source that the water is harvested from (e.g. fog, rain collection, etc.)
Rate of water collected, measured in liters per hour
Size of the collection mechanism (m3)
Energy required to operate this system (kWh or N/A)
Description of integrated water treatment
Integrated water storage, measured in liters
List of necessary environmental conditions for operation
The CloudFisher can withstand wind speeds of up 120 kph due to the strong frame and concrete foundations. All materials are UV-resistant and food-safe.
Three sizes of CloudFishers are available for testing the site suitability for fog-harvesting.
Users can obtain on-site support from the manufacturer.
Rubber spacers which connect the mesh nets and collection troughs to the metal frames are designed to expand and break if the wind speeds are high, thus saving the structural integrity of the rest of the fog-harvester. The rubber spacers are cheaply replaced according to the manufacturer.
Fabric and support mesh: 10 to 20 years
Drip channel: 20 to 30 years
Rubber expander: 5 to 7 years
Each full-size 54 cubic meters CloudFisher Pro can provide 52 L/hr of clean drinking water under ideal conditions. interview with manufacturer
The 31 CloudFishers installed in Morocco are the world’s largest fog-harvesting facility and produce roughly 37,400 Liters per day, serving 800 inhabitants.
If the CloudFisher’s foundation or supports fail due to wind it could cause injury to a person trapped beneath it.
Reservoir, settling tank or basin, pipelines from the installation to the community.
Fog Water Collection: Challenges beyond Technology
Qadir, M.; Jiménez, G.C.; Farnum, R.L.; Dodson, L.L.; Smakhtin, V. Fog Water Collection: Challenges beyond Technology. Water 2018, 10, 372. (2018)
Testing water yield, efficiency of different meshes and water quality with a novel fog collector for high wind speeds.
Schunk, C., Trautwein, P., Hruschka, H., Frost, E., Dodson, L., Derhem, A., Bargach, J., Menzel, A. (2016)
IntoAction Fog nets
Munich Re Foundation (2015)
The fog water quality analysis shows that collected water meets all applicable drinking water standards.
Aqualonis tested its CloudFishers in Morrocco for performance under different meteorological conditions with the Department for Ecoclimatology at the Technical University Munich. During the fog season from December 2013 to June 2014, the water yield, wind speed and direction, the temperature and relative humidity on top of Mount Boutmezguida were measured on a daily basis.
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