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Solar Energy – a solution for sustainable and clean water?

SkyFuel’s Parabolic Trough Powers Thermal Desalination

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Solar Panel Installation in Colorado (source: denverpost)

Solar energy is a renewable energy source that does not contribute to greenhouse gasses. According to the CSU research team, each kilowatt of PV (photovoltaics) electricity annually offsets an equal amount of emissions of 16 kilograms of nitrogen oxides, 9 kilograms of sulfur dioxides, and 2,300 kilograms of carbon dioxide that are generated by burning fossil fuel. Over the years, solar power has further evolved into a more diverse and modular technology that practical usage is no longer limited to space heating, electrical generation and hot water systems.

New Solar Energy application

As regional and microclimates fluctuate from historical norms due to climate change, there are great concerns over the agricultural impact. Despite the fact that some farmers have begun adapting dry-land farming in the west, most of them are still confronting limitations from water scarcity. Farmers and scientists are currently seeking solutions to eliminate costly and unsustainable imported water through maintaining water sustainability in their regions. Without a doubt, successful development of this technology can be also beneficial to most local citizens.

In response to the need for cost-effective, scalable solutions to ensure water supply in agricultural regions, SkyFuel began to conduct a trial of combining the SkyFuel’s parabolic trough concentrating solar collector with WaterFX’s new Aqua4TM solar thermal desalination technology in Arvada, Colorado on January 22, 2014. They claim that a single collector would produce up to 8 gallons of fresh water per minute and it will soon be expanded to 50 collectors at the same location to produce 2,200 acre-feet per year. More importantly, Aqua4TM technology can generate freshwater from wastewater, drainage water, runoff, saline groundwater and most industrial process water. Continue reading Solar Energy – a solution for sustainable and clean water?