Netherlands pavilion at EXPO 2020 to showcase water and air tech

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Netherlands pavilion at EXPO 2020 to showcase water and air tech

Priya Wadhwa
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Netherlands pavilion at EXPO 2020 to showcase water and air tech
Featuring a biotope that connects water and energy.

Netherlands has started the construction of its EXPO 2020 pavilion, which will produce water from desert air. The technology, named SunGlacier, is powered by solar energy, which is one of the inventions it will showcase at the Expo beginning October 20, 2020.

Dutch Consul-General and Commissioner-General, Hans Sandee, presented a bottle of water harvested from air in the Netherlands to the Executive Director of Expo 2020, Najeeb Mohammed Al Ali, on behalf of Sigrid Kaag, the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation.

It is important to realise our responsibility towards our planet and future generations. By showcasing home-grown solutions that link the issues of water, energy and food, we are keen to contribute to Expo 2020 Dubai.
Sigrid Kaag, Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation.

The tech has been designed by Dutch artist-innovator-entrepreneur Ap Verheggen and his team. He said, "Our solar-powered water-from-air technology will enable us to produce food in the future without being dependent on rainfall, rivers or other traditional sources of water."

UAE has more than 250 active Dutch businesses, who have played a huge role in the development of the Palm Jumeirah. The country also has a thriving food export business, as is evident to anyone who has visited any supermarket in the UAE.