Powdered water also known as
Solid Rain, tiny crystals of sugar and is composed of an absorbent material,
which possesses the extraordinary capability to store liquids up to 500 times
its size. With this new state-of-art
innovation, droughts and famines may be a thing of the past.
We live in an age of 3D printers
and cancer vaccines; and when anything and everything is up for grabs, there's
hardly any technological innovation that actually surprises us.
Potassium polyacrylate, can store
water for a year without it getting evaporated with an exception of when it is
added to the soils to produce water for the plants.
Sergio Jésus Rico Velasco, a
Mexican chemical engineer, who developed this Solid Rain, had attempted to
discover an absorbent material that could soak up a lot of liquid in a tiny
space- something for baby nappies.
He later realized that this
wonderful polymer could double up as a solution for Mexico's drought problems.
Almost an entire liter of water can be stored in just 10 grams of the polymer,
which then converts into a thick gel, and supposedly stays that way for up to a
year, without evaporating.
In case some of you just got
interested in buying it, it is available for around $25 per pound. Happy?
According to the Modern Farmer
magazine, a one-season study using Solid Rain was carried out by the Mexican
government, and not surprisingly, a 300 percent increase in the crop yield was
Solid Rain has also bagged the
much deserved Ecology and Environment Award.
Wait, there's more. Let's not
mistake powdered water for Solid rain as they both are actually very different
versions of the same thing. Powdered water, which is basically water coated
with silica particles, may not just beat droughts and solve the world's water
problems, but do stuff even more than that.
Turns out, powdered water can help
combat global warming too, and might have a number of applications in transport
and storage of volatile materials.
Basically, it is 95 percent
water, and is coated by a layer of silica that prevents it from getting back
into its liquid state.
The best thing about this miraculous new invention is
that it has the ability to soak up gases (including carbon dioxide) as much as
3 times faster than normal water. It also has a variety of applications in the
field of chemistry.