James Dyson Award has become the best place for inventors to present their brilliant idea and concept about a future technology or product designs.

Edward Linacre is a Melbourne-based inventor that won for the James Dyson Award, and this makes Aussie people proud to have won the James Dyson Award two times in a row, since last year 2010 and also this year.

“The one that I made in the backyard at mum’s house was creating about a liter of water a day,” Linacre told Gizmag. Although the backyard trial was successful on a small scale, Linacre did prove that it could be implemented on a large agricultural scale. “The low-tech solution is perfect for rural farmers,” explained Linacre. “[It’s] something they can install, something they can maintain … taking water out of the air and irrigating their crops.”

The brilliant idea that made Linacre captured the juries’ attention was his fabulous Airdrop irrigation concept that capable to collect water from the thin air. Edward himself is a graduate from Swinburne University of Technology that was deeply touched by the hardship faced by those farmers along Australia’s Murray – Darling Basin, where some of the farmers even commit suicide due to the depress feeling and out of hope in search for ways to get their farming land a drop of water for irrigation.


Edward Linacre’s Air Drop irrigation concept has transformed an ancient cooling technique to help a new sub-surface irrigation system, and has become one neat solution to use nature to help drought happening in Australia’s farming area.

The Airdrop irrigation concept is by far one simple process that uses the condensed humidity in the air to generate drop of water. By implementing a turbine intake system, the air will be channeled underground the farming soil where the temperature is like cooler than on above the ground, the air will in turn obtain 100-percent humidity and water will be generated as the final result.


The generated water from the air will be kept inside an underground tank, that will ready to be pumped out via sub-surface drip irrigation hosing. The hosing design itself is more about electronic, we won’t mentioned the detail here, but you get the idea.

There will also be an LCD screen that will display the stored water levels inside the underground tank, also inform farmers about the solar battery life, pressure strength and overall system condition.


For his brilliant idea, Linacre will receive USD14,000 or GBP10,000 and another GBP10,000 will go for Swinburne’s Faculty of Design.

[ Source: Edward Linacre ; James Dyson Award – Airdrop irrigation ]