UMass gets money to study wind-powered desalination
Amherst - The federal government has awarded $100,000 to the Renewable Energy Research Laboratory at the University of Massachusetts to explore a partially wind-powered desalination plant that could turn seawater into fresh drinking water.
November 15, 2005
by PATRICK O’CONNOR, Recorder Staff
in The Recorder, Greenfield, MA
The study will model the technical and economic aspects of combining wind with more traditional energy sources for powering such plants, which might operate in coastal, windy areas. The model will then be applied in a case study located within the town of Hull.
Desalination is the process of making potable water from seawater by removing most of the salt. Regions with scarce fresh water, such as those in the Middle East and the Caribbean, are familiar with this technology, which is well-developed, but consumes substantial amounts of power. Most “desal” plants operate when water is needed and draw power... [continue via Web link]