Category WATER

New material cleans water of radioactive contamination

Published 14 April 2011 NC State researchers develops material to remove radioactive contaminants from drinking water; the material is a combination of forest byproducts and crustacean shells; the new material not only absorbs water, but can actually extract contaminates, such as radioactive iodide, from the water itself; this material, which forms a solid foam, has […]

Southwestern Water: Going, Going, Gone?

  The glum projections of the growing gap between demand for water in the Southwest and the dwindling supplies have never been optimistic, but two new studies— one a research report based on satellite data, and the other an analysis of rainfall, water use and the costs associated with obtaining new water — make earlier […]

Major breakthrough in desalination technology could be game changer

A new desalination technique could be a significantly cheaper and more energy efficient alternative to aqueducts and dams; Oasys Water has developed ground breaking new membranes and draw solutions that generate fresh water faster, more efficiently, and at lower temperatures than existing desalination methods Boston, Massachusetts-based Oasys Water has developed a groundbreaking new desalination technology […]

Water Use by Solar Projects Intensifies

California Energy Commission Two proposed projects in the California desert will require millions of gallons of water to operate. The West’s water wars are likely to intensify with Pacific Gas and Electric’s announcement on Monday that it would buy 500 megawatts of electricity from two solar power plant projects to be built in the California […]

AquaPro Holland Groasis Waterboxx

AquaPro Holland Groasis Waterboxx Brian Klutch Gallery: AquaPro Holland Groasis Waterboxx The Groasis Waterboxx is our 2010 Best of What’s New Innovation of the Year. Deforestation and overfarming have helped decrease the productivity of about 70 percent of the world’s arid and semi-arid lands, which could force the migration of 50 million people by 2017. […]

Portable Solar Power Plant Purifies Water, Makes Hydrogen

A portable power plant that provides drinking water for disaster recovery Photo: The Essential Element 20 October 2010—In the immediate aftermath of the Haiti earthquake, most survivors lacked three essential things: potable water, power for lights and cooking, and communications networks to tell the outside world what their needs were. A Hopewell, N.J., company called […]

Joint Environmental Research Projects to Advance Ocean Renewable Energy

The Department of Energy (DOE), Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE), and the Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today announced eight joint research awards totaling nearly $5 million to support the responsible siting and permitting of offshore wind energy facilities and ocean energy generated from waves, tides, currents, […]

Tidal Power: The Next Wave?

Over the next few years, we can expect to see huge advances in our ability to harness power from the ocean’s waves and tides, a new report from IHS Emerging Energy Research, a Cambridge, Mass., consulting firm, predicts. Until recently, that sector has had limited popularity and mixed success, even as the number of installations […]

Water Scarcity a Bond Risk, Study Warns

Jim Wilson/The New York Times On Sunday, Lake Mead, which supplies cities in the Southwest, dropped to its lowest point yet; a ring on its walls shows the decline. The municipal bonds that help finance a major portion of the nation’s water supply may be riskier than investors realize because their credit ratings do not […]

Prince of Tides: A Mammoth Turbine

    Atlantis Resources Corporation The AK1000 tidal turbine was designed to withstand the rigors of the North Atlantic. What is being described as the world’s largest tidal power turbine was unveiled this week in Scotland. Dubbed the AK1000 by its developer, the Atlantis Resources Corporation, the one-megawatt turbine weighs 1,430 tons, stands nearly 75 […]

Prince of Tides: A Mammoth Turbine

    Atlantis Resources Corporation The AK1000 tidal turbine was designed to withstand the rigors of the North Atlantic. What is being described as the world’s largest tidal power turbine was unveiled this week in Scotland. Dubbed the AK1000 by its developer, the Atlantis Resources Corporation, the one-megawatt turbine weighs 1,430 tons, stands nearly 75 […]

A Tour of the World’s Depths

By BILL MARSH/NYT