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Published on May 4th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan


Wind Turbine for Creating Water

May 4th, 2012 by  

wind turbine creates water eole water

Growing up in Florida, I’m well aware of the fact that some air conditioning units can create quite a bit of water from the thin air (actually, if you’ve been to South Florida, you know it’s more like thick air). But I guess I wasn’t as inventive as Marc Parent, founder of French startup Eole Water. Marc, while working as an engineer in the Caribbean, was “reducing his bottled water costs by siphoning the condensation from his air conditioner,” Recharge News notes, and this triggered the idea for a wind turbine that could pull water out of the air in sites highly in need of this fundamental of life.

The wind turbine, picture above and below, is in the testing phase in the Abu Dhabi desert (in Mussafah, to be specific). Even from the desert air, it can pull 500 to 800 liters of clean water each day. With some improvements, Eole Water says that could be increased to 1,000 liters. All the wind turbine needs is wind speeds of at least 15 miles per hour.

“The process is based on the same experience you see after you have taken a shower and every surface is covered with condensation — we do the same with the WMS1000 but just on a much larger scale,” says Eole Water marketing director Thibault Janin.

Here’s a little more info from Megan Treacy of TreeHugger:

“The 30-kW wind turbine houses and powers the whole system. Air is taken in through vents in the nose cone of the turbine and then heated by a generator to make steam. The steam goes through a cooling compressor that creates moisture which is then condensed and collected. The water produced is sent through pipes down to stainless steel storage tanks where it’s filtered and purified.”

“Under full-time development since May 2010, the technology has attracted huge interest among industrial players, and partnerships have been forged with about 40 companies, including Emerson, Siemens, Danfoss, Carel and Arcelor Mittal,” Recharge News notes.

We always knew that wind power used a lot less water — I didn’t know it could be used to produce water, though!

Image Credits: © Eole Water

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  • Jerven Bolleman

    Seems very similar to the long running turbines

  • Sexycosy

    Zach, you say air “is heated by a generator to make steam”… R u sure?
    The water molecules in the collected air are already in vapor form. The condenser is enough, just like in the A/C units that inspired the idea. No steam generator there!
    U need water to make steam, not air. If u heat air u get hot air! lol

  • This could be very useful for things like providing safe drinking water in remote arid regions. However, anywhere near the sea or other source of salt water, more drinkable water could be produced by using the wind turbine to produce electricity to power reverse osmosis desalination.

  • jburt56

    Storing the resulting water is far cheaper than storing electricity.

    • anderlan

      Right, water is cached, unlike power in the current grid. Therefore using intermittent renewable power for producing fresh water is a no-brainer.

      • jburt56

        It’s important to bring this up because naysayers carp about the high cost of energy storage and ignore ways you can get around it.

  • Ross

    I’d love to see solutions like this hooked up to drip feed irrigation to green vast tracts of the Middle East and North Africa. Although I assume driving desalination with wind or solar would be more efficient.

    • Luke

      This sort of concept on a large scale mightn’t actually be very good for the environment. Water vapor that was previously in the air, perhaps being a critical source of H2O for something – would instead be extracted from the air leaving it bone dry.

      But then again, desal also has negative effects on the environment as well.

      • Ross

        Good point. Long intake/outtake pipes for the desalination pipes then and spreading the green in from the coast starting with cities. It is already happening.

      • good points

  • You cant create water…. what you describe is collecting water (that is already in the air)… Regards

    • Luke

      It’s nothing more than a mere grammatical technicality. Of couse you can ‘create water’ from water vapor, but of course scientifically you can’t. Anyway, we’ve got more important things to worry about.

      Tomayto, tomahto.

    • haha, yeah, of course. but ‘create’ has a nice tone to it and think the process is clear

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