New Wind Turbine Makes Drinking Water
Inventor Marc Parent seeks solution to world water shortage
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 26, 2012 4:37 PM CDT
From wind to water: a revolutionary new wind turbine by French company Eole Water.   (Eole Water)

(Newser) – A French inventor may have an answer for the millions of people who scramble to find fresh drinking water each day: a wind turbine that literally pulls H2O from the air. Marc Parent, head of Eoie Water, designed the turbine while living in the Caribbean and enduring water shortages. His solution is called the WMS1000, which gathers moisture from the air and turns it into drinking water, ABC News reports. On average, each unit creates over 62 liters per hour when the temperature is 75 Fahrenheit with 45% humidity, according to the company website.

"Let me highlight this word: CREATE," says Eole Water executive Thibault Janin. "All existing solutions (wells, desalination, lakes/rivers pumping, etc) only treat an existing source of water." He adds that the world's water scarcity will affect more than the 150 million possible WMS1000 customers; household water needs are also growing, so Eole Water is seeking other solutions—especially affordable ones. Once testing is complete, each WMS1000 should cost $600,000 and last for 20 years.

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zzupdown
Aug 27, 2012 1:29 PM CDT
"each unit creates over 62 liters per hour when the temperature is 75 Fahrenheit with 45% humidity." At what wind speed? Does the unit produce electricity and uses it to extract the water from the air? If so, does it also provide electricity for home use, and if so, how much goes for each purpose?
$28919642
Aug 27, 2012 1:02 PM CDT
OWEN :"What I really need is a droid that understands the binary language of moisture vaporators." Science Fiction calls it again.
fractal
Aug 27, 2012 2:37 AM CDT
As we trash our ground water, more people may want to do this. At what point does it become detrimental to the environment as a whole?