FogQuest’s innovative technique for producing clean water from fog has been presented at past world Expositions. It will be highlighted again in Milan, Italy at Expo 2015 where photos of our work in Guatemala will be shown in the Arid Zone cluster.
September 2013 – New Project in Chiquisis, Guatemala
In March of this year FogQuest began the evaluation stage of a new fog collection project in Guatemala in cooperation with our local partner Vivamos Mejor (VM), a Guatemalan NGO whose executive director is Eduardo Secaira Juarez. Two volunteers went from Canada, Dr. Richard Taylor and Craig van Lankveld (see photo). They worked with staff of VM, and people in the village, to set up three Standard Fog Collectors (SFCs) and one Medium Fog Collector (MFC) (see photo).
The principal goals for the trip were to do an initial village needs assessment and to put the infrastructure in place to enable the fog collection rates to be determined. The village of Chiquisis has a population of approximately 750 people, living in 140 houses. The location chosen to erect the fog collectors is a 20 minute walk east of the village. From here, fog water could be taken by pipe into the village and should the evaluation show there is sufficient water production, the next stage would be to plan a major water supply using Large Fog Collectors (LFCs).
At present, there is one large tank (see photo) beside the MFC. The villagers only local source of water is an inconsistent spring accessed by earth trenches about a 30 minute walk uphill from the homes. The village needs assessment prepared by Craig and notes on the materials and their costs prepared by Rick are very helpful documents. The reports by VM show the measurements are now going well. Because we are in the rainy season at present, very large amounts of water are being produced by the SFCs and the MFC on days with rain, or rain and fog, and lesser amounts on days with only fog. This is as expected and so far the results for the site are positive.
We will have to continue the evaluation into the next dry season to better understand the seasonality of the water production. We will also have to spend more time with the villagers to see how they envisage a new water supply helping their community.
Your support through donations to FogQuest will help us to carry out this work.
September 2013 – FogQuest Makes Conference Proceedings Available
For a number of years it has not been possible to purchase copies of the proceedings from the earlier conferences on fog and fog collection.
In response to requests from libraries, scientists and others interested in the field, we have now scanned the proceedings from the 1998 Conference in Vancouver, Canada, the 2001 Conference in St. John’s, Canada, the 2004 Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, and the 2007 Conference in La Serena, Chile.
This makes a total of over 400 excellent short papers available for easy download. Please visit our Conference page or the FogQuest Store on this website if you would like to acquire a copy of one or more of the proceedings volumes.
August 2013 – FogQuest projects featured at UNESCO Conference
FogQuest´s unique integrative project approach that addresses the physical and social considerations needed for successful projects has been recognized internationally. In May 2012, FogQuest´s Fernanda Rojas presented a paper on two of our initiatives at the UNESCO Conference on Technologies for Sustainable Development held at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne.
Co-written with Virginia Carter and Melissa Rosato, Fog Collection Technology Transfer and Co-Creation Projects in Falda Verde, Chile and Tojquia, Guatemala (http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-00639-0_23) was chosen out of 82 submissions for inclusion as a chapter in the book: “Technologies for Sustainable Development: A Way To Reduce Poverty?” published by Springer in August 2013.
The themes of empowerment and knowledge sharing discussed in the chapter are critical for methodologies that value capacity building and sustainability. It is our hope to continue sharing our lessons learned with the wider development community in order to increase the potential for successful fog collection projects.
August 2013 – New pilot project in Nepal
Building on the success of a two panel project at the Prathivara temple in the Ilam district, a new pilot project with a new SFC data recording system and some different structural materials will be established this October in the Tapeljung district of eastern Nepal. This project involves three partner agencies; FOST (Foundation for Sustainable Technologies) in Kathmandu will assist in the construction, Toronto based NCDF ( Nepal Community Development Foundation) is financing and developing the collector, and NCDC ( Namsaling Community Development Centre) will maintain the system and monitor the collection data.
FogQuest continues its participation in the fog collection projects in Nepal through the involvement of one of our directors, Tony Makepeace, and guidance on construction, materials and sites.
This project will feature a new and experimental method of recording the collection data. NCDF director Byron Bignell has been developing an automated data-logging system to record the volume of water collected by an SFC. The system is solar powered and uses a combination of hardware and software to record data from a tipping rain guage. The information is stored on a memory card internally for later retrieval.
The image shown on the left is an earlier SFC that was installed in 2008 in the evaluation stage for the larger system that is currently in place and operational in eastern Nepal. We hope to build on this success and add more systems as demand and awareness increases.
May 2013 – Successful Conference in Yokohama, Japan
The conference in Yokohama was a great opportunity to renew old friendships and to discuss the latest research and news concerning fog, fog collection and dew. It was one of the smaller conferences in terms of numbers, about 120 participants from about 25 countries, but one of the most pleasant due to the constant attention received from our hosts and their volunteer staff.
Professor Manabu Igawa and his superb organizing committee did a wonderful job of seeing that we spent long hours in conference sessions while still finding time for a tour of the Japanese countryside and a relaxing banquet cruise in the Yokohama harbour. For those of you who have not experienced the strong bonds that have developed amongst those working in this specialized community, you are invited to join us at the 7th International Conference on Fog, Fog Collection and Dew in Wroclaw, Poland in 2016.
There is more information on the FogQuest Conference page.
New Project – Colombia – March 2012
Work, led by FogQuest volunteer Jose Manuel Molina, is progressing on a new operational project in Colombia. Jose Manuel and his colleagues have previously completed some initial evaluation studies. Jose’s colleagues Andres and Conchita have installed some new Standard Fog Collectors (SFCs) this month and report very good fog collection rates. Work is at and near the KM-18 site in the Valle del Cauca near Cali. The goal is to provide water for the village at KM-18 and measurements are being done by the students at the school there. FogQuest has provided mesh for the SFCs and also funds to purchase raingauges to monitor rainfall at the sites. We also provide advice and guidance through Jose to the group in Colombia and will be involved in the operational project when funding is obtained. Your donations to assist with this project would be very helpful
New Evaluation Project in India – September 2011
FogQuest is assisting an Indian NGO called SOCIOserve to begin a fog collection evaluation in the mountains of Tamil Nadu where one SFC is now in Anavattan, which is a region just on the periphery of Poombarai.
Poombarai is a small village close to Kodaikanal. It is at an elevation of about 2200 m in the center of the southern part of the Indian sub-continent. Mesh has been sent to them for the construction of the SFCs and general guidance for the measurement program has been provided.
London Science Museum – September 2011
The Science Museum in London, England, has a new exhibit entitled Water Wars: fight the food crisis. It has some information on FogQuest and fog collection.
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New Evaluation Project on Mt. Kilimanjaro – August 2011
There are now Standard Fog Collectors installed on Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. This was a joint effort with our partners in ped-world in Germany.
There is a tremendous need for fresh water for guides, rescue personnel and visitors on the upper part of the mountain. Up to now the water has to be carried 8 km to these high elevation huts. We are helping to determine whether the frequent fog found there can be a viable source of fresh water.
The altitude at Barafu is 4600 m and at Kibo-Hut 4750 m. Both are on Kibo-Saddle, the last camp before you reach the peak (5895m).
Update on Project in Morocco – June-August 2011
In June, Fernanda Rojas from Chile, a FogQuest volunteer for many years, was in Morocco to work with Jamilla Bargach and her team from the local NGO Dar Si-Hmad on the construction of fog collectors.
Together with Professor Victoria Marzol, also a long-time FogQuest supporter, a number of large and medium sized fog collectors were built at the site inland from Sidi Ifni.
Early indications are that 12,000 liters of water were collected in August from only 160 m2 of mesh. This is in a very dry part of the year. More information will come in a project update.