Our studies say we could desalinate
water with the energy that we get out of the waste energy plants.
The big selling point is that it currently takes a lot of electricity to desalinate
water and using the microbial desalination cells, we could actually desalinate
water and produce electricity while removing organic material from wastewater," said Bruce Logan, Kappe Professor of Environmental Engineering, Penn State.
The plant, expected to start operations in early 2009, will have a capacity to desalinate
150,000 cubic meters of water per day, it said.
The plant uses the deep-sea water to cool warm surface water through an OTEC heat exchanger to desalinate
All electricity used to pump and desalinate
water at the station will be produced via a hybrid electricity source that combines photovoltaic cells at 100 kilowatts KW, and batteries with a capacity of 520kW/h per day.
Speaking at the event, Engineer Dudin said: "This agreement will ensure adequate power supply from renewable sources for a number of special services run on the golf course, such as desalination of water used for irrigation with capacity to desalinate
about 3,000 cubic meters per day, distribution of water across the premises, as well as pumping of desalinated water into the water features, golf academy and maintenance facilities.
Computer-controlled mirrors focus sunlight onto a tower for super heating of the seawater and converting it to steam, which drives a turbine to generate electricity, desalinate
the water and power the farm.
As per the contract, Veolia will be using the reverse osmosis process to desalinate
the water, before transporting 40km away at the Cerro Lindo site, located nearly at an altitude of 1,850m.