posted on Apr, 21 2012 @ 01:06 AM
So, I'm surprised I couldn't find anything about this in the search function... If its there, then I guess this thread is redundant...
...but, I've always had a soft spot for the Dune Universe. For those of you who don't know what it is:
Dune is a science fiction franchise that originated with the 1965 novel Dune by Frank Herbert. Considered by many to be the greatest science
fiction novel of all time, Dune is frequently cited as the best-selling science fiction novel in history.
In Dune, the local desert dwellers (called Fremen) use something called a "Wind Trap" to extract water from the desert winds.
Now, living in Africa, I've had to go through a couple of droughts in my lifetime already - so even though I live in a suburban area (yep, we have
them here) and have been less exposed to the effects than farmers and people in the rural areas, there's always that lingering concern about when the
next one is going to hit.
However, it turns out that wherever you have wind - you can get water. A company called Eole has developed a wind turbine that extracts water from the
humidity in the air. From their site
Earth atmosphere is full filled with humidity. It is a very important capacity of natural water: 13000km3. Eole Water has created an innovative
technology capable of transforming this humidity into drinking water.
This is achieved through a condenser with a moisture exchange surface equivalent to a meter wide and five kilometers long. It is equipped with a
revolutionary food safe stainless steel quality alloy, specially adapted to the production of drinking water. It can sustain the process of creating
water for decades, without risk of corrosion.
Secondly, the water flows through a five level water treatment system, including an ultraviolet filter, to make it perfectly safe to drink. The
quality of water collected exceeds drinking water standards required by the World Health Organization.
The water production machine can collect up to 1500 liters of water per day depending on the climate.
This new technology can be considered as strongly linked to sustainable development as air, wind or sun are the only consumables. There is no CO²
rejection, no drilling or groundwater pumping from water surface.