Canned water made from air and sunlight to hit US stores in September

Cans of Sky Wtr, produced by solar-powered hydropanels, will go on sale later this year in the US

Madeleine Cuff

Canned water distilled from the air will be available to buy in the US later this year, in an effort to promote solar-powered “hydropanels” that provide an off-grid method of producing drinking water.

The panels, created by Arizona-based firm Source, use solar energy to power fans, which draw water vapour from the air. A water-absorbing substance, known as a desiccant, traps the moisture, before solar energy from the panel releases the moisture into a collection area within the panel.

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