Wind Turbine Makes Water in Desert

Wind Turbine Makes Water in DesertAbu Dhabi is fast becoming a trendsetter in new and innovative technologies, the latest concept being tested is a wind turbine which condenses the water from the air and pumps it into storage tanks for filtration and purification. The technology created by Eole Water after its founder, Marc Parent, was inspired by the water he could collect from his air conditioner unit while living in the Caribbean. He thought of ways in which the water could be condensed from air to be used in areas without access to grid power. Hence, the wind turbine concept was born.

The wind turbine which has a power output of thirty kilo watts houses and powers the whole system. The air goes through the vents in nose-like cone of the turbine and is then heated by a generator to convert it into steam. The steam then goes through a cooling compressor that converts it into moisture which is then condensed and collected. The collected water is sent through pipes to be stored in large stainless steel storage tanks where it’s filtered and purified. The prototype of this technology has been installed in Abu Dhabi and is being tested since October. It has been able to produce 500 to 800 liters of clean water a day from the dry air of the desert. The company, Eole Water says the capacity can go up to 1000 liters a day with a tower-top system. The system requires wind speeds of 15 miles per hour or higher to produce water.

The process is called EWA (Extraction of Water from Air) and the technology uses a simple procedure to convert air into water, while using little energy in the process. A variety of designs have been experimented with but this one was the first to use a wind turbine. the turbine operations involves steps such as power production, ambient air intake, humid air condensation, water production, and water filtration to produce fresh drinking water. Having the turbine component in the design makes it possible to produce large quantities of clean water in areas with no access to grid power. This makes the project even more promising to communities which are remote and in disaster areas. The company has already launched 12 industrial partners for manufacturing the turbines.

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