Scientists: Water extraction from air not implausible, already happening

Written by Amitabh Sinha | Pune | Updated: October 11, 2020 eight:48:00 am

Extraction of water from air is already being accomplished in a number of locations, together with in India, utilizing completely different applied sciences, though not windmills. (Representational Image)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s suggestion to a Danish wind power firm to discover the opportunity of extracting water and oxygen from air by utilizing wind generators have been concepts that weren’t simply scientifically sound however are already below implementation at numerous locations, scientists have stated.

Extraction of water from air is already being accomplished in a number of locations, together with in India, utilizing completely different applied sciences, though not windmills.

But Sandeep Verma, Secretary, Science and Engineering Research Board, stated wind generators have the correct design set-up for harvesting water from moisture-laden air, and even this concept was being tried out at a number of locations. The problem, he stated, is to transform the concepts into implementation.

“Parameters such as design innovation, performance optimization, and right temperature gradients, can help extract water from air through a passive, energy-efficient process,” he stated in a collection tweets.

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Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, stated separating oxygen from air can also be a typical industrial course of, and several other corporations engaged in separation of gases routinely do that. “Some membranes are used for separation. Some molecules would go through, others would not. That’s how you can separate oxygen as well,” he stated.

In this course of, wind generators could possibly be used primarily as a supply of unpolluted power, Sharma stated.

“But in the extraction of water, wind turbines can have an additional role,” he stated. “The downstream of a wind turbine is throwing plenty of air, so it really works like a compressor, or a pump. And for extracting water, the type of methods which can be used, it’s once more principally a community of membranes that air has to cross by way of, it condenses, and the water is collected by drip.

“The air needs to pass at a high rate, and the wind turbine can aid that process…. These things are already being tried. We have to make the processes more efficient,” he stated.

In reality, the Hyderabad-based Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) has developed a expertise with private-sector firm referred to as Maithri Aquatech for ‘atmospheric water generation’ that has been deployed at a number of locations. This expertise doesn’t contain wind generators.

“Wind turbines are just another technology alternative that can be explored, is already being explored. But otherwise, there is no scientific implausibility in trying to extract water or oxygen from air,” IICT director Dr S Chandrasekhar stated. “At a quite simple degree, the place do you get rain from? The expertise now we have developed offers extraordinarily clear water from air. It is sort of fully distilled water. It doesn’t have any salt or minerals, so it doesn’t have the style we’re used to. It requires slightly little bit of processing. But it’s being accomplished.

“And not just in India, but in many other parts of the world.”

“Of course,” he stated, “water we generate from air is likely to be a little more expensive than water that is available normally. I do not have the exact estimates, but it is not exorbitant.”

Sharma stated even the upper prices could be acceptable in places the place water is just not available. “There are water-scarce places where these technologies are relevant even now. The higher costs are much more acceptable at certain places compared to other locations,” he stated.

Shekhar Mande, director common, CSIR, stated present applied sciences clearly want enchancment, and that effort must be targeted. “Technologies need to be improved so that they are more energy-efficient and less costly. These are not mature technologies, and that is where the challenge lies,” he stated.

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