5 Top Atmospheric Water Generation Startups

We analyzed 150 atmospheric water generation (AWG) startups.​ Drupps, Maithri, Sky River, dewh2o, and Uravu Labsdevelop 5 top solutions to watch out for. Learn more in our Global Startup Heat Map!

Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we want to share our insights with you. This time, we are taking a look at 5 promising atmospheric water generation startups.

Heat Map: 5 Top Atmospheric Water Generation Startups

Using our StartUs Insights Platform, covering 1.116.000+ startups & emerging companies, we looked at innovation in the field of atmospheric water generation. For this research, we identified 150 relevant solutions and picked 5 to showcase below. These companies were chosen based on a data-driven startup scouting approach, taking into account factors such as location, founding year, and technology among others. Depending on your specific criteria, the top picks might look entirely different.

The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 5 startups & emerging companies developing innovative AWG solutions. Moreover, the Heat Map reveals regions that observe a high startup activity and illustrates the geographic distribution of all 150 companies we analyzed for this specific topic.


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Which startups develop the other 145 solutions?


Drupps – Waste Thermal Energy Powered AWG

Large-scale generation of water from the atmosphere involves high operational costs. The use of waste energy-to-power in the AWG process helps to bring down operational costs significantly. This enables large-scale industrial applications to generate clean potable water as an ancillary activity. Startups and emerging companies develop solutions that use waste thermal energy to power AWG.

The Swedish startup Drupps provides scalable waste thermal energy-powered AWG solutions. The startup offers scalable atmospheric water generation modules to generate water based on access to waste thermal energy and climatic conditions. Additionally, waste heat generated in large industrial applications power the AWG to produce 150 cubic meters of water per day and achieve a reduction in operational costs.

Maithri Aquatech – Re-Mineralized AWG

Atmospheric water generation systems use humid air to extract moisture and convert it into drinking water. This process does not filter harmful contaminants as the resultant water does not contain essential minerals such as calcium and magnesium. Therefore, remineralization of potable water helps with the elimination of contaminants and the addition of essential minerals which are found in naturally occurring water sources like lakes and rivers.

The Indian startup Maithri Aquatech develops re-mineralized AWG solutions. The startup assesses the water generated from the atmosphere for turbidity, taste, and odor. With the help of filtering, settling, and disinfecting processes, the solution eliminates contaminants in the water and adds essential minerals. Moreover, the company’s product range has capacities ranging from 30 liters to 1.000 liters per day. Additionally, Maithri Aquatech’s AWGs work in conditions of less than 30% of relative humidity.

Sky River Systems – Multiple Filtration Systems

The quality of water generated from the atmosphere differs depending on various filtration processes. Specifically, AWG companies use varying levels of filtration processes based on air quality. Locations with harsher air quality require advanced filtration processes such as reverse osmosis and UV lights. Furthermore, emerging companies develop customized filtration systems in AWG for the generation of water in line with global standards.

The UAE-based startup Sky River Systems provides AWG solutions with advanced filtration systems. Various filters such as the air filters, UV lights, sediment filters, pre-carbon filters, ultra-fine membrane filters, and mineralization filters are available for AWG. The startup aims to eliminate ambient contaminants so that the resultant water is additionally free of phosphate, heavy metals, ammonia, and bacterial microorganisms, and contains minerals like calcium and magnesium as well.

Dewh2o – Smart AWG

Ambient relative humidity plays a key role in atmospheric water generation and is different from region to region. As a result, the cost of generating water in an arid environment is higher than generating water in a tropical environment. This is why startups work on techniques and solutions to normalize atmospheric water generation across regions and relative humidity levels.

The US-based startup dewh2o provides an AWG solution equipped with a pre-loader design. The pre-loader acts as a buffer and enables AWG to initiate the vapor condensation phase only when the air is completely moist. As a result, this allows for uniform water generation instead of depending on relative humidity for better water generation. Additionally, the startup is developing Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities to further optimize the AWG performance.

Uravu Labs – Renewable AWG

The use of renewable sources of power to generate water from the atmosphere is more sustainable in comparison to fossil fuels-based generators. Solar farms, for example, offer economies of scale for large AWG projects, reduce their costs, and positively affect climate change as well. Startup and emerging companies, therefore, develop energy-efficient technologies to provide water for remote or inaccessible regions with the help of off-grid renewables.

The Indian startup Uravu Labs develops an aqua panel, EVA, that generates water from the atmosphere with the help of solar power. Each square meter of EVA generates 3-4 liters of water per day and functions in conditions with relative humidity as low as 10%. Moreover, this solution helps decentralize the water supply chain and enables water availability for remote locations.

What About The Other 145 Solutions?

While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence so you can achieve your goals faster. The 5 atmospheric water generation startups showcased above are promising examples out of 150 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria, get in touch.

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