Labeled the WMS1000, Eole has modified a standard power generating wind turbine to distill over 1000 liters of drinking water a day depending on climate. Eole’s innovative wind turbine is designed to maximize sustainability and accessibility while boasting a 20 year life expectancy in harsh remote environments.
“This new technology is strongly influenced by the principles of sustainable development, with air, wind or sun being the only consumables. There is no CO² released, no groundwater drilling or water surface pumping,” Eole highlights on its website. “With an installed capacity of 30kW and using air as a source of water, the WMS1000 Wind Turbine is perfectly adapted to supplying remote areas completely devoid of any existing infrastructure.”
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The technology works by pulling air through the nose of the turbine utilizing a device called an air blower. Air then passes through an electric cooling compressor and on to a massive humidity condenser equipped with a food safe stainless steel alloy. Gravity then moves condensed water down pipes into a five-tier treatment system that stores and dispenses clean, potable water exceeding World Health Organization standards.
Since November 2011 Eole has been conducting testing through a working prototype in Mussafah near Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. The WMS1000 test turbine has been able to produce approximately 62 liters of water an hour with a median humidity rate of 45% and an average temperature of 24 ° C.