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Edward Linacre Industrial Designer


Edward Linacre is a Melbourne based Industrial Designer.

He won the 2011 James Dyson Award with his invention AirDrop – a low-cost, low-maintenance aid to the problems of farming in arid areas.

The device takes condensation from the air and plants it into the ground to irrigate crops.

First, a turbine draws air underneath the ground into a network of pipes. When the air reaches condensation point the water pours down into a underwater tank. A submersible pump draws the water back up through the central column of the piping and this is pumped through to the roots of plants through a process called sub-surface drip irrigation.