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If you live in or travel through a desert region, having access to clean water is always going to be an issue. If you can’t carry enough for your journey, you have to ensure your route allows for a few water bottle refills. But the lack of water in deserts and other arid locations may soon be a thing of the past if a new wind turbine system is implemented on a large scale.

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First thought- Tatooine Moisture Farmers
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First thought - who the heck wrote that article?
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Air is drawn in through vents in the nose of the turbine and a generator heats it producing steam. That steam is then fed through a cooling compressor to form moisture that gets condensed into water.

Heating air in a generator creates steam? headscratch.gif

Steam is fed through a cooling compressor? headscratch.gif

Oh dear.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by GingerJohn View Post

First thought - who the heck wrote that article?
Heating air in a generator creates steam? headscratch.gif
Steam is fed through a cooling compressor? headscratch.gif
Oh dear.

Yeah, I'm confused too. I thought it was easier to just condense the water out of the air.
 
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Well what he meant to say is that:

The generator creates electricity
The electricity is used to run a compressor, along with some fans
The compressor is part of a cooling loop similar to a domestic fridge
The cold plate from the cooling device is used in the condensor

Air is drawn in the front and passed through the condensor
As the air cools water precipitates out

The water is collected and stored.


So this system is condensing moisture out of the air, just using a turbine to power it rather than solar panel in your link.
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So is this more efficient than just using solar energy for the same purpose? I would think that any area that is arid enough to need this system would also be rather sunny as well, thus making solar a good option. Why not just make wind turbines that have solar panels as the turbine blades? thumb.gif
     
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Ah, that was what I was thinking it should do. I wonder what the cost differences are. I does seem like a good idea.
 
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But if it takes water from the air, then won't the air become terribly dry? thinking.gif
 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by bigkahuna360 View Post

But if it takes water from the air, then won't the air become terribly dry? thinking.gif

Not that in the middle of the desert that matters a lot I think hehe!
This is cool btw, finally an hope for all the arid regions out there.
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