Global Water Farms presents the solar-powered Zero Liquid Discharge – Aided Evaporation Condensation (ZLD-AEC) “Water Farm” …
The Water Farm system is efficient, versatile and scalable. There are no membranes, no pressure-changes and no boiling of water. The technology mimics and enhances the Earth’s water cycle. It is one of the most cost-effective and environmentally sustainable desalination systems ever developed.
The ZLD-AEC system is based on a scalable model. Water Farms are made up of multiple units and each unit consists of four cells. Every unit traps solar radiation and augments it with heat from the mechanical equipment. The combined heat is used to: (1) evaporate water, (2) generate electricity with steam turbines, and (3) dry the brine byproduct.
Each Water Farm processes salt-water into distilled water at volumes scaled to meet the demands of utilities, water districts, agricultural or industrial operations, or entire geographic regions. Water Farms can be scaled up over time as customers’ needs increase. Water Farms can be designed to produce very low cost electricity for use or sale by clients.
Customers will achieve water and power independence and mitigate their exposure to volatility in water and power supply and cost. Customers will also secure the ability to process on-site unusable water sources for reuse or sale. Financial analysis and projections show GWF will be extremely competitive when compared to current deployed technologies.
The company’s first patent, covering its novel method for producing distilled water from salt-water or other degraded water sources was issued on December 4, 2018. A second patent was issued on September 17, 2019. Other continuation patent applications are in process. Global Water Farms has a fully operational trailer-sized mobile prototype which demonstrates the efficacy of the technology. The company is currently constructing its first full-scale system in the desert in Southern California.