Purified Drinking Water
Through a process of reverse osmosis an additional by product of Eurogen Power technology is desalinated water. Designs for man-portable systems are being developed already for deployment in Africa, Nepal, Pakistan and other Asian countries where suitable rivers and streams have appropriate currents for operation of the technology. Many parts of Africa would also benefit reducing health problems and disease and providing opportunities and incentives for indigenous people to stay where they are with a meaningful lifestyle, rather than immigrating or as refugees.
Reverse Osmosis process
A renewable energy model designed for these applications is only a lightweight model, able to be carried by two persons. Whilst only generating between 1kW and 5kW of electricity these units are capable of providing electricity for cooking, heating, security and purifying or desalinating water.
The smallest unit should be able to produce 1,000 litres of pure water in between three and five hours. It can provide cooking and lighting facilities for small villages in remote areas. More children die from drinking contaminated water than most other causes in communities that may be able to utilise these technologies. Desalination plants being small scale, will release small quantities of brines back into the swift flowing currents where they are safely and readily deployed with minimal impact on the environment.
Eurogen Power believes smaller desalination and purification plants and smaller Eurogen Power Stations can be more easily commissioned to better meet local and regional needs, with minimal environmental impact. Assuming that say 3.5 kWh of electricity is consumed to desalinate one cubic metre of seawater to produce about 1,000 litres of pure freshwater, then a 10 MW Eurogen Power Station could generate sufficient electricity in 24 hours to produce over 2,500,000 litres of water or enough water for over 10,000 people each using 250 litres per day.
It should be possible for the Eurogen Power Station to split electricity ‘off-take’ between a moored offshore desalination plant and on shore electricity distribution. These scenarios can be individually developed for most coastal communities. There are a number of technologies including reverse osmosis and flash desalination and emerging technologies using carbon nanotubes are being further developed.