Affordable, sustainable and scalable atmosphere water generation (AWG) for developing countries PhD

Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Entry requirements:
2:1 +
Reference number:
Start date:
01 January 2018
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Application deadline:
01 November 2017



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Project detail

Over 1 billion people in the world have no easy access to clean water, and to collect it they spend over 40 billion hours every year, which could have been spent to prosper their local economies or on education.

Dehumidifier and condenser-based water generators (and air conditioners) have been around for decades, but never have been widely used for sanity water generations in developing countries, because they are expensive to acquire, to run and to maintain. Besides they are neither sustainable nor efficient for large-scale and domestic applications.

A concept called atmospheric water generator (AWG) has been recently discussed to generate water from tin air in mass and affordable operations in hot and mid/high humid environments where access to sanity water is limited, or in places far from sea water for desalination.

This project will first study all recent AWG inventions to provide an overview of the existing methods and their applicability and practicality for domestic and large-scale use in Africa and the Middle East.

Based on the first phase and the feasibility studies on the existing methods, this research will then customise an affordable, sustainable and scalable design for such environments. This phase will play the main focus of the project.
Then, the next phase of the research comprises a prototype manufacturing and testing it in a real application, for data collection, performance measurement and design improvement suggestions.


Primary supervisor: Dr Ehsan Sabet

Find out more

Please contact Dr Ehsan Sabet by email for further information and unofficial letter of interest. 

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in mechanical engineering, product design engineering, manufacturing engineering or a related subject.

A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the above programmes will be an advantage. CAE (CAD and CAM) skills are essential and fluid mechanic knowledge and additive manufacturing experience is desirable.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

This is an open call for candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding. If you do not have funding, you may still apply, however Institutional funding is not guaranteed. Outstanding candidates (UK/EU/International) without funding will be considered for funding opportunities which may become available in the School.

How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name, select Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering. Please quote reference number: ES252017