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Extracting water from air: SkyH2O is a climate solutions champion, innovating and scaling AWG for larger commercial, industrial, and government applications

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“AWG is a game-changing water solution.”

SkyH2O is a water technology, products, and services company that is built upon unique and proven AWG (Atmospheric Water Generation) systems, providing the ultimate in water sustainability. It exclusively collaborates with top-tier, best-in-class suppliers and partners who are aware of the ethical, social, and environmental concerns surrounding the management of water resources. The company operates in the United States and is headquartered in California.

Alexander von Welczeck founded SkyH2O in 2016 and currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the company.

The Silicon Review reached out to Mr. Welczeck, and here’s what he had to say.

Interview Highlights

Q. What inspired the creation of SkyH2O? What are its focus areas?

SkyH2O was founded in response to the acute water drought in the Western USA in 2016. When it comes to focus areas, we are committed to providing technology solutions that are environmentally sound and respectful of each community’s needs. We develop sensible, sustainable, and profitable projects that produce potable water that meet WHO standards.

Moreover, we strive to preserve America’s natural environments by locating water facilities at/near the most effective locations typically by existing reservoirs thus preserving farming, endangered habitat, flora, and fauna. We also seek to improve communities through significant water project infrastructure investments and by creating valuable local sustainable jobs that will provide long-term local economic stability.

Q. What can you tell us about SkyH2O’s world-class, industrial-grade Atmospheric Water Generation systems? How do these AWGs guarantee water security, independence, and self-reliance?

AWG is a game-changing water solution. AWG is different than other water solutions as it does not require an existing body of water because our resource is the air. Since air is present everywhere, AWG can produce fresh water almost anytime, anywhere.

Currently, SkyH2O is building the world's two largest AWG facilities near Houston, Texas. These stations will provide local communities with the ultimate in water sustainability, security, and resiliency.

Q. What's the one thing you want SkyH2O to be known for?

A climate solutions champion! In other words, we want SkyH2O to be known for making a significant and positive impact on the planet and people.

Tell us, what’s next for SkyH2O.

We are rolling out SkyH2O stations across America starting in Texas (as I said) and then internationally. From 2023 to 2027, we plan to build 100 SkyH2O stations in strategic locations for about $2.5 billion.

Q. Is there anything you would like to add before we wrap up?

SkyH2O invites professionals, strategic partners, and investors to accelerate business and project development across America and worldwide.

Alexander von Welczeck | Founder & CEO

Alexander von Welczeck is an impact entrepreneur in the climate technology and renewables industries. As an industry leader, he works globally with impact and ESG investors, strategic enterprises, and associations to accelerate the sustainability revolution. He enjoys a 30-year track record at finding, developing, and managing technology-based businesses that are turning grey to blue-green infrastructure in balance with nature.

Since 1986, Mr. von Welczeck has transacted business in 22 different countries spanning five continents. In 2006, he co-founded SOLAR POWER PARTNERS (“SPP”, acquired by NRG in 2010), and as CEO from 2007-09, his team pioneered PPA-based DG PV financing, completing three different ITC tax equity solar funds. In 2010-11, he conceived and originated the “Solar Deal of the Year” for CONCENTRIX (now SOITEC) with 305MW of PPAs for SDG&E.

He has served in both domestic and international (EU) management and executive marketing and sales capacities at THYSSEN-KRUPP, DOVER, DORMA, and FRIENDLYWAY.

He lived and worked in Europe (UK, Germany) from 1990–2001.

Mr. Welczeck is a University of San Francisco (USF) business graduate (BSBA, 1985), and is a member of the Construction Specification Institute (CSI), and the Sierra Club.

“AWG is different than other water solutions as it does not require an existing body of water because our resource is the air. Since air is present everywhere, AWG can produce fresh water almost anytime, anywhere.”

“We want SkyH2O to be known for making a significant and positive impact on the planet and people.”

“We are rolling out SkyH2O stations across America starting in Texas and then internationally. From 2023 to 2027, we plan to build 100 SkyH2O stations in strategic locations for about $2.5 billion.”