Our organisation

Purpose

The association (NGO) wants to proceed by promoting and freely sharing technologies that empower everyone responsibly, by partnering with companies to develop new solutions in an ethical way, by commercializing these solutions – if needed – and by using the benefits to fund the association, by collaborating and sharing the resources of the association with any individual, group or institution wishing to do the same.
D.E.W.’s legal form is a charitable association. It’s commercial register number is CH-550.1.177.073-4. More information about D.E.W.

The name and logo

Our system extracts water from the air by condensation. Condensation happens everywhere and all the time, but is best known through dew. Dew is water in the form of droplets that you can observe typically the morning on grass. Through the process of extracting water, the system can also generate electricity. Since our main goal is to install our system in desert areas, we will generate water and electricity in the desert. Hence, D.E.W. stands for Desert Electricity and Water.

As for the logo, it represents a drop of water, with a wind turbine, and with a plant, which is the purpose of the machine: putting water into the soil to change arid areas into fertile lands while generating electricity.

Members

Jérôme Héritier, president of the organisation, was studying mechanical engineering at EPFL when he started to put together ideas to build the system. He decided to fully focus on developing his ideas.

Alexandre Margot, secretary of the organisation, joined the adventure later. He focuses on the administrative part of the organisation, it’s identity and raising funds. He studied computer sciences at EPFL and is currently working at Nothing Interactive.

Help us

Our main challenges are workforce and budget. Until now, we sponsored everything ourselves and build it with our own hands.
Workforce
We are in dire need of peoplethat could help us to build this prototype and show to the world that we have a working system that can solve global problems. Drop us an email if you’d like to join the adventure.
Budget
Our current biggest challenge is that since the system is passive, the initial investment represents the largest share of the cost, maintenance being extremely low. After 4 years of solidifying the theory and building small prototypes, we’re hungry for more and need help to reach our dream: have a functioning system working in an arid area.

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