A professor at Scotland’s Edinburgh University has been awarded a government grant to develop the world’s first rainmaking machine, the Times reported on Monday.

Professor Stephen Salter will create a 200-foot (60-metre) high turbine to suck water out of the sea and turn it into water vapour through nozzles, spraying it out into the atmosphere, the daily paper said.

The rain maker, described as looking like a “giant egg-beater”, would be based on catamarans and placed off the coast of desert land.