In a conventional scope, wind turbines are generally utilized to generate clean power derived from wind energy. However, this time we have come across an innovative conception that entails the usage of wind turbines to indirectly supply and purify water in desert conditions. Contrived by energy company Eole Water, this intriguing yet simplistic technology is already being successfully tested in the arid regions of Abu Dhabi.
The functional scheme of things encompasses a pretty straightforward procedure. The whole set up comprises of a wind turbine that helps in condensing of water from air. This collected water is then pumped it into storage tanks for further filtration and finally purification.
Analogous to the working of an air conditioner, the 30 kW capacity wind turbine in itself powers the self sustaining system. The process entails the drawing in of ‘outside’ air through vents in the nose cone of the turbine, and heating of this collected air by an internal generator to be converted to steam. This steam is then passed through a compressor at high pressure to form moisture, which is then condensed and gathered as water. This resultant water is finally passed through steel pipes to storage tanks for further processing.
Now, beyond mere technicalities, it is the beneficial impact that concerns us more closely. In this regard, the contraption can produce around 500 – 800 liters of clean water per day, with minimum wind speeds of 15 miles per hour. Moreover, according to the designers, this output can be increased to 1000 liters with a slightly advanced tower top mechanism.
So, at the end of the day, the wondrous scope of this conscientious design is not just limited to desert or arid regions. In fact, the system should also work to its potential in emergency situations, especially in areas adversely affected by natural calamities or even war.