With wind power companies still trying to convince the sceptics of their benefits, we’ve seen forward-thinking innovators looking even further into the future, with airborne windmills and small scale wind farming. Taking a different approach, France’s Eole Water has now created a turbine that can condense water in the air and make it safe for drinking.
Aside from the obvious environmental benefits a wind turbine offers,
the company’s WMS1000 includes a fan that sucks in passing air as well
as a cooling compressor in the generator compartment, which condensates
passing airborne moisture. The water is then collected, filtered to
World Health Organization drinking standards and delivered through a tap
at the bottom of the turbine. According to Eole Water, the turbine can
produce up to 1,000 liters a day. For communities situated in regions
with few or low quality water supplies, the turbine could prove to be a
vital resource. The following video demonstrates how the turbine works:
Tackling both environmental and social issues, the turbine has been in
production for the past few years and has finally been delivered to Abu
Dhabi to undergo testing in extreme weather conditions. If this is
successful, perhaps Eole Water is a startup worth investing in?