Cloud Harvester

Harvesting Scottish clouds to make SkyPA.

We designed and built a cloud harvester! Attached it to a power kite – piloted by the incredibly impressive Matt – and sent into the clouds over Loch Lomond. We captured moisture that was then used to create Innis and Gunn Sky P.A.

cloud harvester sky pa thomas buchanan innis and gunn
cloud harvester thomas buchanan innis and gunn

How does it work?

(Press Release description of the technical side of the harvester) The water to create Sky.P.A. was harvested using a heavy lift power kite tethered with 200kg tensile Kevlar line. The kite carried a custom built harvester made up of a carbon fibre structure supporting a 32000 RPM radio controlled turbine with custom propeller and bespoke spun aluminium funnel.

The harvester used the turbine to suck the cloud moisture onto a hydrophilic fabric, from where it is drawn into the condenser, cooled and water captured in the container. The clouds were hand harvested by a four-person team from the mountains of Loch Lomond.

cloud harvester sky pa thomas buchanan innis and gunn

How does it taste?

And of course the ‘tasting notes’ – The Sky.P.A is a modern IPA, that has been made with water harvested from Scottish clouds. The composition of this water was influenced by its origins, in this case the Atlantic, and so was high in minerals that add real flavour through the brewing process, alongside the malts and hops selected.

cloud harvester sky pa thomas buchanan innis and gunn
cloud harvester sky pa thomas buchanan innis and gunn

“Ei usu dolores detraxit repudiandae, ea postea neglegentur pri, qui in saperet noluisse moderatius. Et per homero quodsi. Nec ad reque putant percipitur. Ex inani prompta eum.”

LORUM IPSUM, LORUM FROM IPSUM

This was part of a larger campaign to promote Innis and Gunn’s Crowdfunding campaign ‘Adventure Capital’. You can still invest here at Innis and Gunn Adventure Capital.

For more information, see the news release.

Images by Tom Metcalfe, video by Something Something, Sky PA Image by Innis and Gunn.

Date

2016

Client

Innis and Gunn

Partners

Strange Thoughts
Manifest LDN

Role

Project management
Concept design and build of Cloud Harvester

Coverage (selection)

Daily Record, BBC News, Independent, NBC News, CNBC, Mens Journal, E&T Magazine, This is Money / Daily Mail, The Times, The Scotsman