In Lima, Peru, advertising and technology came together to create the first intelligent outdoor billboard that condenses moisture to create drinking water.
The University of Engineering and Technology of Peru (UTEC) required an ingenious idea to announce the opening of registration for the first semester. The creative team of advertising agency MAYO Draftfcb, led by Humberto Polar, responded with a billboard design that would harnesses the humidity in the air and convert it into potable water.
The billboard has five water generators that through an electrical system and a reverse osmosis process convert atmospheric moisture, which reaches 98% in the town of Bujama where the ad is installed, into drinking water. Each tank produces on average 20 liters of liquid that are stored into one tank, which can serve 100% purified water. Alejandro Aponte, creative director of the agency said: “The billboard has already produced thousands of liters of drinking water monthly, benefiting hundreds of families, neighboring zones and passers-by in the area, turning the campaign into a technology solution with a social impact.”
The installment was made in December and is approximately 20 meters high (over 65 feet) and located off of the Panamericana Sur highway (at the 89.5 kilometer marker, a high traffic road that leads to the beach. Juan Donalisio, creative co-author said: “We are betting on effective advertising solutions that seize the advantages of technological engineering and the environment.” The billboard aims to strike interest among young Peruvians looking to study engineering while presenting UTEC at the forefront.