Irrigation by Condensation (IBC)
IBC is a solar operated, standalone, off water and electricity grids product to irrigate crops by condensing water from moisture/humidity contained in the air/soil on the external surface of pipes. Water is cooled in a water tank to below dew point temperatures and pumped through pipes laid in the field or greenhouse to condense the humidity and irrigate the crops. The pipes are placed on the ground surface and/or in the soil at the plant’s average root depth. The system operates in a closed cycle and requires only a one-time water fill up.
In many cases, no additional irrigation is required to maintain plant survival and food production.
The amount of water produced and the required energy input are directly related to the relative humidity, air temperature, surface area of the pipes installed, and the temperature of the water circulating in the pipes. The product is in the R&D stage.