Electromagnetic Desalination Device Produces 1.5 Billion Gallons Of Drinking Water

Desalination Device - California Drinking Water - Our Explorers

[the_ad id=”883″] Who says energy infrastructure needs to be an eye sore? Imagine something like The Pipe, a design that demonstrates how aesthetics can be paired with public services to generate energy and produce clean water. A finalist in the 2016 Land Art Generator Initiative, a design competition for the Santa Monica Pier, The Pipe would provide clean drinking water for the city, using solar-power to run an electromagnetic desalination system, filtering the resulting brine through thermal baths before it is returned to the Pacific Ocean.

Electromagnetic Desalination Device - Drinking Water - Our Explorers

“LAGI 2016 comes to Southern California at an important time,” write Rob Ferry and Elizabeth Monoian, co-founders of the Land Art Generator Initiative.

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“The sustainable infrastructure that is required to meet California’s development goals and growing population will have a profound influence on the landscape. The Paris Climate Accord from COP 21 has united the world around a goal of 1.5–2° C, which will require a massive investment in clean energy infrastructure.”

Desalination Device - Santa Monica, California - Our Explorers

For the competition, LAGI asked designers to include either an energy or drinking water component within their design, or both. Canada’s Khalili Engineers designed an electromagnetic desalination device that is powered by solar power.

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To align with LAGI’s environmental and social crusade, keeping both the public art and educational aspects, The Pipe is a gorgeous design that allows for public interaction without any ugly or unpleasant side effects that are typically found with energy based infrastructure.

The Pipe - Electromagnetic Desalination Device - Our Explorers

“Above, solar panels provide power to pump seawater through an electromagnetic filtration process below the pool deck, quietly providing the salt bath with its healing water and the city with clean drinking water,” the design team included in their brief. “The Pipe represents a change in the future of water.”

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According to Khalili Engineers, their design, visible from the Santa Monica Pier, is capable of generating 10,000 MWh every year, which will power the production of 4.5 billion liters (1.5 billion gallons) of drinking Water. Given the regular drought problem throughout California, an urban micro generation such as these could lower the reliance on traditional utilities and help scale production for the ever increasing demand.

Desalination Device - Land Art Generator Initiative - Our Explorers

“What results are two products: pure drinkable water that is directed into the city’s primary water piping grid, and clear water with twelve percent salinity. The drinking water is piped to shore, while the salt water supplies the thermal baths before it is redirected back to the ocean through a smart release system, mitigating most of the usual problems associated with returning brine water to the sea.”

The winners of LAGI 2016 will be announced on October 6, 2016 at Greenbuild 2016.

(LAGI 2016: Santa MonicaKhalili Engineers)

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