From Thin Air
Newsweek|July 05, 2019

Engineer Lourens Boot is using a stateof-the-art textile to mimic the water cycle and generate new sources of clean water for agriculture and drinking.

Juliana Pignataro

In honor of the 50th anniversary of NASA astronauts landing on the moon, Newsweek is spotlighting pioneers in science and technology, highlighting their very own moonshots and how they hope to change the world.

Lourens Boot is the co-founder and CEO of Sponsh, a Dutch company that aims to generate water from one of the world’s most abundant resources: the air around us. A finalist for the Mohammed bin Rashid Initiative for Global Prosperity’s Sustainable Energy challenge, Sponsh wants to solve the world’s pressing water-shortage problems.

What is your moonshot?

Our moonshot is to provide affordable water for everyone around the globe.

What’s the big problem you set out to solve?

We all know that water is the source of life. Without water, everything stops. But we also know that it’s getting scarcer and scarcer every year. We want to tackle that by providing water from an untapped reservoir: the air around us.

How does that work?

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM NEWSWEEKView All

Beijing's Big Bet

CHINA'S PURSUIT OF ISRAELI TECHNOLOGY IS KEY TO ITS PLAN TO EXPAND ITS GLOBAL ECONOMIC AND MILITARY POWER. THE U.S. IS NOT HAPPY

10+ mins read
Newsweek US
August 19, 2022

Tour the World From Inside the U.S.A.

These destinations allow you to experience the full flavor of different cultures without the expense of venturing abroad

10+ mins read
Newsweek US
August 19, 2022

Marianne Lewis & Wendy Smith

More and more, people today exist in "echo chambers" where the only opinions they hear-or want to hear-are those similar to their own.

4 mins read
Newsweek US
August 19, 2022

Get Comfortable on That Tightrope

How embracing paradoxes with "both/ and" thinking can help people get along

6 mins read
Newsweek US
August 19, 2022

Prisoners in Their Homeland

Since returning to power, the Taliban have abolished the rights Afghan women had won over 20 years. The future looks even bleaker and advocates worry the world has forgotten

5 mins read
Newsweek US
August 19, 2022

WHITE CHURCHES ACT ON REPARATIONS

WEARY OF WAITING FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO COMPENSATE BLACK AMERICANS FOR CENTURIES OF SLAVERY, FAITH GROUPS HAVE STARTED THEIR OWN PROGRAMS

8 mins read
Newsweek US
August 19, 2022

“WITHOUT ACCOUNTABILITY, THERE IS NO JUSTICE.”

CALIFORNIA'S REPARATIONS PLAN COULD COMPENSATE AS MANY AS 2.8 MILLION BLACK AMERICANS FOR "THE INSIDIOUS EFFECTS OF SLAVERY."

2 mins read
Newsweek US
August 19, 2022

Abbi Jacobson

PARTING SHOT

2 mins read
Newsweek US
August 19, 2022

Dangerous Medicine

Doctors face a post-Roe world of tense discussions and tortured delays that are not in the best interests of their patients

10+ mins read
Newsweek
August 05, 2022

War on 'Woke'

As a growing number of companies adopt liberal causes from abortion rights to racial justice, conservatives are fighting back

10+ mins read
Newsweek
August 12, 2022
RELATED STORIES

American Ruins

This country's unmatched and unlimited industrial might helped define the 20th century. But that was then, and this is now.

10 mins read
Men's Journal
August - September 2022

DEMENTIA FEARS FOR SPACE-CASE SHATNER!

STAR Trek legend William Shatner is becoming a space cadet in real life, pals fear.

1 min read
National Enquirer
August 22, 2022

JUDI RIDING ROUGHSHOD OVER RUDY!

Ex-wife threatens Giuliani with jail over unpaid $262G

2 mins read
National Enquirer
August 22, 2022

‘BULLET TRAIN' GOES OFF THE RAILS, BUT PITT DOESN'T

Aboard the speeding locomotive of “Bullet Train” ride at least five assassins, one venomous reptile (a snake on the train), countless glib Guy Ritchieesque slo-mo action sequences, and one buckethat wearing Brad Pitt.

3 mins read
AppleMagazine
August 12, 2022

BRAD’S GOT IT BAD FOR ANA!

HORNDOG Brad Pitt is hunting for a new A-list love in Hollywood — and he’s taken a serious shine to Cuban cutie Ana de Armas, sources snitch.

1 min read
National Enquirer
August 22, 2022

SEXPERT DR. RUTH GOES ALL IN!

No-holds-barred book designed for self-pleasure

3 mins read
National Enquirer
August 22, 2022

BLOOD MONEY BRIBE THREAENS CHARLES' GRASP ON THE CROWN!

Horror & outrage over $1.2M bin Laden payoff after 9/11 terror

3 mins read
National Enquirer
August 22, 2022

DEMAND FOR GROCERY DELIVERY COOLS AS FOOD COSTS RISE

Karen Raschke, a retired attorney in New York, started getting her groceries delivered early in the pandemic. Each delivery cost $30 in fees and tips, but it was worth it to avoid the store.

4 mins read
AppleMagazine
August 12, 2022

CARA IN CHAOS!

Disheveled Delevingne sets off alarm bells

1 min read
National Enquirer
August 22, 2022

SHAKIRA TAXING LAW'S PATIENCE!

Faces eight years in stir!

1 min read
National Enquirer
August 22, 2022