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  • Invoking California's drought, oceanside town quickly builds long-desired desalination plant

    01/03/2015 2:35:39 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 28 replies ^ | ELLEN KNICKMEYER
    The plant is expected to go online early this month after being finished in just six months, unusually fast in California. Projects of this sort typically take years, and often decades, of environmental reviews, public hearings and lawsuits. Dozens of other cities and towns over the years have considered desalination plants as the way out of water shortages. Critics, however, say the technology is expensive, energy intensive and produces huge amounts of brine waste that damages the environment. California has 11 other desalination plants, and another 16 proposed. Citing Brown's drought declaration, San Luis Obispo County and local Cambria officials...
  • California: Desalination Plants May Be State’s Only Solution Despite Environmental, Energy Concerns

    08/02/2014 9:28:49 AM PDT · by grundle · 52 replies
    International Business Times ^ | July 27, 2014 | Angelo Young
    Full title: California Sand Fire: Desalination Plants May Be State’s Only Solution Despite Environmental, Energy Concerns One of the solutions could be something parts of the Middle East began adopting decades ago: desalination plants, an energy-intensive process of converting seawater into drinking water. Meeting California’s water needs might not help combat the effect of global warming, but an ample supply of water would at least help keep back the dry conditions from around residential communities, and it would help the state’s massive agricultural industry meet its own water needs. Currently California is building the largest desalination plant in the Western...
  • Israel solves water woes with desalination

    05/31/2014 9:25:52 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 60 replies ^ | Friday, May 30, 2014 12:33 am | Updated: 11:46 pm, Fri May 30, 2014.
    Israel solves water woes with desalination   Previous Next Dan BaliltyIn this Sunday, May 4, 2014 photo, workers climb stairs at the Sorek desalination plant in Rishon Letzion, Israel. Israel's aggressive desalination program that has transformed this perennially parched country into perhaps the most well-hydrated country in the region. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)  Posted: Friday, May 30, 2014 12:33 am | Updated: 11:46 pm, Fri May 30, 2014. Associated Press | SOREK, Israel (AP) — After experiencing its driest winter on record, Israel is responding as never before — by doing nothing.While previous droughts have been accompanied by impassioned public service...
  • North Texas city awaits word on wastewater re-use

    04/14/2014 12:18:05 PM PDT · by topher · 59 replies
    My ^ | 13-April-2014 | AP - By BETSY BLANEY
    UBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Wichita Falls is so far behind on rainfall that city leaders are asking state regulators for permission to use treated toilet flushes as drinking water.
  • An Unconventional Desalination Technology Could Solve California's Water Shortage

    03/12/2014 8:25:27 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 85 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/12/2014 | By Dina Spector
    An Unconventional Desalination Technology Could Solve California's Water Shortage By Dina Spector 11 hours ago   View photo. WaterFXA parabolic trough collects energy from the sun. The heat is used to evaporate clean water from the salty agricultural drainage water of irrigated crops.This year, farmers in California's Central Valley likely won't receive any water through the federal irrigation program, a network of reservoirs, rivers, and canals that is normally replenished yearly by ice melt from the Sierra mountains.Crippling water shortages have made desalination technology more attractive, including a startup, WaterFX, that uses the sun to produce heat. The heat separates salt...
  • Ability To Obtain Clean Drinking Water From Salt Water A Near Reality, Says UCLA Professor

    02/03/2014 6:36:24 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 76 replies ^ | February 3, 2014 5:31 PM
    SANTA MONICA ( — In light of California’s escalating drought emergency, the onetime dream of President John F. Kennedy of obtaining fresh water from salt water may become a reality in the very near future. The process of getting usable fresh water from salt water, called desalination, stems from a technology that is already accepted worldwide, according to UCLA Professor of Chemistry and Bio-Molecular Engineering, Youram Cohen. “It’s a technology that is now in widespread use all around the world, and I think that, in time, this is what we will see,” Cohen said. UCLA has reportedly developed a number...
  • Facing drought, California will not allot water to farmers, cities

    02/01/2014 4:01:08 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 48 replies
    CBS News ^ | 1-31-14
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Amid severe drought conditions, California officials announced Friday that they would not send any water from the state's vast reservoir system to local agencies beginning this spring, an unprecedented move that affects drinking water supplies for 25 million people and irrigation for 1 million acres of farmland. The announcement marks the first time in the 54-year history of the State Water Project that such an action has been taken, but it does not mean that every farm field will turn to dust and every city tap will run dry. The 29 agencies that draw from the state's...
  • State Will No Longer Send Water Down From Northern Calif.

    02/01/2014 12:58:53 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 49 replies ^ | February 1, 2014 7:14 AM
    Drought conditions are getting worse by the day in California and experts say the average resident is going to see the changes. In the latest move by officials, the State Water Project announced Friday that it won’t send any more water down from Northern California, something that hasn’t been done in more than five decades. The news comes in the middle of one of California’s driest winters on record and after two dry years that have depleted reservoirs. Officials say the Water Project’s decision to hold back supply is necessary to save water in the state. Gov. Jerry Brown declared...
  • Over and drought: Why the end of Israel's water shortage is a secret

    02/01/2014 3:16:43 PM PST · by ckilmer · 16 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Jan. 24, 2014 | Yuval Elizur
    Remember all the years of being told to conserve 'every drop?' Well, times have changed: Today, Israel has so much affordable water, it can offer to export it. So why is this achievement being kept so secret?
  • Why has California chosen water shortages over desalination?

    02/01/2014 10:18:17 AM PST · by grundle · 70 replies
    wordpress ^ | February 1, 2014 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Why has California chosen water shortages over desalination? Israel has made the choice to turn its water shortages into surpluses by building lots of desalination plants. Desalination costs less than 40 cents per cubic meter, which is less than 1/6 penny per gallon. It’s so cheap that in addition to using desalinized water for residential uses, Israel also uses it for agriculture.Meanwhile, California has chosen to have water shortages instead of building enough desalination plants.Why did California make this choice?
  • Over and drought: Why the end of Israel's water shortage is a secret [desalination creates surplus]

    02/01/2014 9:46:38 AM PST · by grundle · 43 replies ^ | January 24, 2014 | Yuval Elizur
    Remember all the years of being told to conserve 'every drop?' Well, times have changed: Today, Israel has so much affordable water, it can offer to export it. So why is this achievement being kept so secret? In ancient times and even during the years of the British Mandate (1917-1948), the shortage of water in Palestine, as well as among its neighbors in the Middle East, had a decisive influence not only on the area’s economic development, but also on the political strife between Jews and Arabs. Technology has changed all this. Now, the ability to produce all the water...
  • 17 California communities running out of water

    01/29/2014 3:28:30 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 82 replies
    SAN JOSE, Calif. — Seventeen rural communities in drought-stricken California are in danger of running out of water within four months, according to a list compiled by state officials. Wells are running dry or reservoirs are nearly empty in some communities. Others have long-running problems that predate the drought.
  • Bill Gates’ nuclear company explores molten salt reactors, thorium

    07/24/2013 9:21:40 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 32 replies
    Weinberg Foundation ^ | July 23rd, 2013 | Mark Halper
    Bill Gates’ nuclear company explores molten salt reactors, thorium July 23rd, 2013 Posted by Mark Halper Bill Gates TED Jurvetson Flickr Opening the nuclear Gates. TerraPower, Bill Gates’ nuclear company, is now open to reactor types other than its traveling wave design. The traveling wave remains the company’s focus, although Terra has morphed it into more of a “standing wave.” TerraPower, the Bill Gates-chaired nuclear company that is developing a fast reactor, is now investigating alternative reactor technologies, including thorium fuel and molten salt reactors. While the company’s “big bet” continues to be on a fast reactor that TerraPower calls...
  • CA desalination building project underway, to create 50 million gallons of drinking water per day

    07/08/2013 10:35:35 PM PDT · by grundle · 16 replies ^ | June 14, 2013
    HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA -- Poseidon Resources' application for a Coastal Development Permit of a proposed seawater desalination plant in Huntington Beach, Calif., is complete, determined by California Coastal Commission staff. The Huntington Beach Desalination Project would create 50 million gallons of drinking water per day, and construction is also underway in Carlsbad for a similar Poseidon desalination project. The Coastal Commission hearing on the Coastal Development Permit will be in October or November, Commission staff told Poseidon officials. The CDP is the last permit required for construction of the privately funded project. "Poseidon appreciates Commission staff's extensive due diligence in...
  • Desalination could solve our water problems

    07/08/2013 9:57:08 PM PDT · by grundle · 14 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | July 4, 2013 | JULIO FUENTES
    Viable water sources are essential for our economy and environment to flourish. Florida is surrounded by seawater, but we have an extremely limited supply of drinkable groundwater, which is being utilized at an unsustainable rate. Local officials and city managers across the state are beginning to consider and plan for alternative “drought-proof” options to supply Florida’s growing demand for freshwater. As an organization that champions economic development and the vast network of Hispanic-owned businesses in our state, the Florida Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce supports finding solutions to Florida’s water issues that will benefit our state as a whole. Seawater...
  • Water surplus in Israel? With desalination, once unthinkable is possible

    07/05/2013 5:34:15 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 34 replies
    JTA ^ | May 28, 2013 | Ben Sales
    Drawn from deep in the Mediterranean Sea, the water has flowed through pipelines reaching almost 4,000 feet off of Israel's coast and, once in Israeli soil, buried almost 50 feet underground. Now, it rushes down a tube sending it through a series of filters and purifiers. After 90 minutes, it will be ready to run through the faucets of Tel Aviv. Set to begin operating as soon as next month, Israel Desalination Enterprises Technologies' Sorek Desalination Plant will provide up to 26,000 cubic meters -- or nearly 7 million gallons -- of potable water to Israelis every hour. When it's...
  • Flow electrodes may enable large-scale sea water desalination

    03/28/2013 12:13:11 AM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 27 March 2013 | Jennifer Newton
    Across the world, millions of people cannot access fresh, clean water. With global populations rising and freshwater supplies regularly becoming overdrawn or contaminated, the ability to purify sea water is becoming increasingly important.Now, scientists from South Korea have modified a water treatment method called capacitive deionisation, with the aim of desalinising sea water on a large scale. Capacitive deionisation uses an electric field to remove cations and anions from water flowing past two oppositely placed electrodes. The team, led by Moon Hee-Han from Chungnam National University and Dong Kook-Kim from the Korea Institute of Energy Research, have developed flow electrodes...
  • NTU scientist develops a multi-purpose wonder material to tackle environmental challenges

    03/25/2013 3:27:53 PM PDT · by Kevmo · 26 replies
    NTU ^ | Published on: 20-Mar-2013 | Lester Kok
    NTU scientist develops a multi-purpose wonder material to tackle environmental challenges Published on: 20-Mar-2013 A new wonder material that can generate hydrogen, produce clean water and even create energy. Science fiction? Hardly, and there’s more - It can also desalinate water, be used as flexible water filtration membranes, help recover energy from desalination waste brine, be made into flexible solar cells and can also double the lifespan of lithium ion batteries. With its superior bacteria-killing capabilities, it can also be used to develop a new type of antibacterial bandage. Scientists at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), led by Associate Professor...
  • Huge California desalination plant faces key test

    11/29/2012 3:36:39 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 6 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | November 29, 2012 | ELLIOT SPAGAT | Associated Press
    <p>SAN DIEGO (AP) — An effort to build the Western Hemisphere's largest seawater desalination plant faced a key test Thursday, as San Diego's regional water agency considered whether to buy all its output despite criticism that cheaper alternatives could be overlooked.</p>
  • How Bill Gates Or You Can Spark the Next Industrial and Agricultural Revolution

    06/29/2012 1:07:11 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 6 replies
    Amazon ^ | June 2012 | Charles Kilmer
    The most revolutionary innovation needed in the next 10 years is the thorium portable nuclear reactor. Why? Because Bill Gates says repeatedly that the most important thing we need is a non polluting source of energy that’s 1/4 the cost of the coal energy. Why? Cheaper energy will lead to the next industrial and agricultural revolution. Everyone from the very poorest to the very richest will benefit. Government coffers will be refilled. Mr Gates believes nuclear energy will do this. Which nuclear design? Thorium fits the bill. Especially the liquid fluoride thorium reactor designs. Why? Besides producing electricity for Ľ...
  • Wires turn salt water into freshwater

    06/10/2012 10:10:32 PM PDT · by Kevmo · 46 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | June 8, 2012 | Lisa Zyga
    June 8, 2012 by Lisa Zyga ( -- As a rising global population and increasing standard of living drive demand for freshwater, many researchers are developing new techniques to desalinate salt water. Among them is a team of scientists from The Netherlands, who have shown how to transform brackish (moderately salty) water into potable freshwater using just a pair of wires and a small voltage that can be generated by a small solar cell. The simple technique has the potential to be more energy-efficient than other techniques because of the minimal amount of mixing between the treated and untreated...
  • Poseidon adventure: $350 million public subsidy for private desalination plant

    11/13/2009 12:55:44 PM PST · by TheDon · 11 replies · 503+ views
    The Orange County Register ^ | November 13th, 2009 | Teri Sforza
    The mighty Metropolitan Water District of Southern California agreed this week to pony up $14 million per year - or $350 million over the next 25 years, if you prefer to think of it that way - to pay for desalinated water in San Diego County. That money will go to public entities - cities and water districts - to offset the cost of water they’ll buy from a private, yet-to-be-built, desalination plant in Carlsbad. That plant will be constructed and owned by Poseidon Resources LLC. If this Poseidon thing rings a bell, it’s not just becuase you remember Shelley...
  • Jordan to refill shrinking Dead Sea with salt water

    10/10/2009 10:37:33 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 44 replies · 2,338+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/10/2009 | Richard Spencer in Amman
    Environmentalists concerned about the threat to its unique eco-system. Water levels in the lowest and saltiest body of water on the planet are falling by more than four feet a year, giving rise to quips that the Dead Sea is dying. The government in Amman has said it is planning to extract more than 10 billion cubic feet a year from the Red Sea 110 miles to the south, feed most of it into a desalination plant to create drinking water, and send the salty waste-water left over to the Dead Sea by tunnel. Similar plans are already the subject...
  • CARLSBAD: Desalination plant gets water board approval [SoCal]

    06/28/2009 7:42:18 AM PDT · by TheDon · 15 replies · 821+ views
    The North County Times ^ | May 13, 2009 | BRADLEY J. FIKES
    A landmark desalination project gained final approval from regulators Wednesday, bringing the promise of an entirely new supply of water to San Diego County ---- and perhaps one of many in water-short California. But opposition to the plant, including legal action, continues. And the company that wants to build the $300 million plant in coastal Carlsbad still needs to raise the money. On Wednesday, the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control board unanimously approved a permit for the plant. It had already considered the proposal twice this year. The permit approves a plan by Poseidon Resources Corp. to reduce the...
  • Schwarzenegger seeks aid for California drought zone

    06/19/2009 7:07:54 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies · 1,551+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 6/19/09 | AFP
    LOS ANGELES (AFP) – California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has asked President Barack Obama to declare a federal disaster in the drought-stricken heart of the state's agricultural industry. As well as requesting federal support for parched Fresno County, Schwarzenegger also issued a local order allowing for emergency state funds to be made available to the region, part of California's Central Valley. "California's Central Valley is our nation's agricultural engine and unemployment here is devastating the economy and hurting the people of California," said Schwarzenegger. "These are dire circumstances -- no water means no work -- and no work means people cannot...
  • You Need Water to Make Power. You Need Energy to Make Clean Water

    04/02/2009 11:42:28 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 6 replies · 457+ views
    AboutAbout Categories Algae to Oilmembrane research LLNL Research MSSCpipelinesturning saltwater in fireUncategorizedWater Desalination Research and Development Archives April 2009February 2009January 2009December 2008November 2008October 2008September 2008August 2008July 2008June 2008April 2008February 2008January 2008December 2007November 2007October 2007September 2007August 2007July 2007June 2007May 2007April 2007March 2007February 2007January 2007December 2006November 2006October 2006September 2006August 2006July 2006June 2006 Meta Log inRSSComments RSSValid XHTMLXFNWP US bill seeks major desalination research expansion 02nd April 2009 Before I get started let me show you some serious eye candy I found this past month. The noise to signal ratio for the last couple of years on global warming is running about...
  • Salazar & Chu Recommendations for Energy & Water.

    12/17/2008 9:02:45 PM PST · by ckilmer · 285+ views
    Water Desalination R&D | 12/17/08 | Charles
    Sen. Ken Salazar DOI Steven Chu DOE In my last post, I mentioned a number of popular ideas to advance alternative energy development. But I didn’t attribute them because nothing had been written of incoming administration officials as yet. A couple of days later several major newspapers mentioned ideas of incoming administration officials which included ideas I talked about. So I inserted these in my last post. If you went to my last post early check back. (Just skim down and check  the writing in block quotes.) This week’s post includes a piece from the Wall St Journal which mentions another...
  • Reservoir levels plummet; rationing seen on horizon (SoCal)

    08/19/2008 1:22:17 PM PDT · by TheDon · 71 replies · 151+ views
    The Orange County Register ^ | August 19, 2008 | PAT BRENNAN
    An important California reservoir is nearing its lowest level in 30 years, and other state reservoirs also are very low – more evidence of a gathering water crisis that could lead to mandatory rationing in Southern California by next year, state officials say. The Oroville Reservoir in Northern California, a major supply reservoir for water that eventually flows into the Southern California region, is down to 38 percent of its capacity, according to the state Department of Water Resources. By Sept. 30, Oroville, about 75 miles north of Sacramento, is expected to hit its lowest level since 1977, and by...
  • Desalination plant plans OK'd (San Diego county, CA)

    08/07/2008 12:44:29 PM PDT · by TheDon · 13 replies · 151+ views ^ | August 7, 2008 | Terry Rodgers
    CARLSBAD – A private company's proposal to build the nation's largest drinking water desalination plant at Agua Hedionda Lagoon in Carlsbad cleared its final hurdles yesterday before the California Coastal Commission. ... The $300 million plant envisioned by Poseidon Resources Inc. of Stamford, Conn., would produce 50 million gallons of drinking water each day, enough to supply 112,000 households. Nine local water agencies have collectively contracted to buy the plant's entire output of drinking water. ... The commission's resolution of those issues Wednesday set a precedent for how the agency will handle about 20 other desalination projects that could be...
  • CA: Desalination process part of new power plant's plans

    06/19/2008 10:43:24 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 352+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 6/19/08 | Michael Burge
    CARLSBAD – The developer of a proposed power plant in Carlsbad plans to float a familiar idea to provide water for its generators: desalinate ocean water. NRG Energy has applied to the California Energy Commission to build a 540-megawatt power plant west of Interstate 5 on the south shore of Agua Hedionda Lagoon. The new plant would be on NRG's 95-acre ocean-view property, where it owns and operates the 965-megawatt Encina Power Station. That power plant is best known for its 400-foot-tall smokestack, visible for miles. The new plant would replace three of Encina's five steam-driven turbines, so the old...
  • Water from Gypsum By Steam Injection

    06/14/2008 4:24:42 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 19 replies · 111+ views
    Here's one one interesting idea for getting water to desert regions. Consider gypsum. There's lots of it in the southwest. The chemical formula for gypsum is CaSO4.2H2O. Notice the H20 on the end? Gypsum is 20% water by weight. Did you know that you can quickly cook the water out of gypsum at 212F degrees 100C . Gypsum occurs in flat planes often not far from the surface--especially in old dry lakebeds. You could cook those planes. Leaving a mineral residue called bassanite--water would percolate up and the earth would subside causing a lake. Think you could find a heat...
  • Need to Deal With Water Needs Crucial(It's time to build desalination plants)

    05/03/2008 5:56:16 AM PDT · by kellynla · 40 replies · 137+ views
    san francisco chronicle ^ | May 2, 2008 | Kelly Zito
    Two parched years - punctuated by the driest spring in at least 150 years - could force districts across California to ration water this summer as policymakers and scientists grow increasingly concerned that the state is on the verge of a long-term drought. State water officials reported Thursday that the Sierra Nevada snowpack, the source of a huge portion of California's water supply, was only 67 percent of normal, due in part to historically low rainfall in March and April. With many reservoirs at well-below-average levels from the previous winter and a federal ruling limiting water pumped from the Sacramento-San...
  • How Soon Will Saudi Arabia Turn to Nuclear Energy?(And isn't it time for America to expand!)

    05/01/2008 8:57:46 AM PDT · by kellynla · 16 replies · 106+ views ^ | 5/15/2006 | James Finch
    While a growing number of countries have announced their civilian nuclear energy ambitions over the past twelve months, no other country is likely to have more of a psychological impact on the nuclear energy picture than Saudi Arabia. We believe the Kingdom’s natural gas and water problems will lead them to nuclear, sooner rather than later, probably as early as this year. After our interview with Kevin Bambrough, which resulted in the widely read article, ‘Explosion in Nuclear Energy Demand Coming,” we began more deeply researching Bambrough’s conclusion. He believes the overwhelming growth in nuclear energy will continue to drive...
  • Lake Meade II (Western Drought)

    02/17/2008 9:01:16 PM PST · by ckilmer · 15 replies · 282+ views
    Lake Meade IIPosted February 17, 2008 by Categories: Water Desalination Research and Development Last April the New York Times ran an article on the western drought. However, here’s the first official study I’ve seen of the effects of rising demand and falling supply on Lake Meade. Its put out by Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. Perhaps reports like this were why Patricia Mulroy, General Manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority communicated the urgent need for action over the next 10 years at the MSSC in January. Across the net you could find people who would dispute...
  • Desalination Research(Toward Turning the Deserts Green)

    01/26/2008 12:58:32 PM PST · by ckilmer · 18 replies · 74+ views
    Hoover DamPosted January 25, 2008 by Categories: Water Desalination Research and Development p1160270.jpgWell I’ve had a little time to think about the MSSC Desalination Summit in Las Vegas Jan 16-18. I asked the same kinds of questions at this meeting as I did last August at the annual American Membrane Association conference. The effect was almost the same. Almost — but not quite. Patricia Mulroy, General Manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority communicated the urgent need for action over the next 10 years. Also, it seemed a few of the guys at the conference caught a glimmer of what...
  • MSSC Salinity Summit 2008

    01/11/2008 11:29:45 AM PST · by ckilmer · 104+ views
    Desalination Research And Development ^ | 01/11/08 | Charles Kilmer
    MSSC Salinity Summit 2008Posted January 11, 2008 by Categories: Water Desalination Research and Development Last February I wrote a piece called California Solar’s Revolutionary Energy Business Model for Desalination PumpsYuck. Lousy title.The point of the piece was that sometime in the future California public utilities might be able to offload a part of their energy costs for pipeline pumping–by using net metering.Along the way I mentioned that photo voltaic companies like NanoSolar would be collapsing the cost of solar power. This past December NanoSolar made good on their promise. Nanosolar (as recorded in Popular Science Magazine) is now producing solar...
  • Why sweat? Tap nuclear power [for desalination]

    12/27/2007 7:55:08 PM PST · by grundle · 34 replies · 298+ views ^ | 12/26/07 | NOLAN HERTEL
    State governments looking for ways to cope with severe drought in the Southeast should consider using nuclear power to desalinate seawater. This is a safe and proven technology that the U.S. Navy has been using for more than a half-century to provide drinking water for the crews of its nuclear-powered submarines. Until a few years ago, the water debate here in Georgia was conducted in an almost surreal atmosphere. We appeared to have sufficient supplies of water to meet our needs, and most of us seemed to feel that this state of affairs would continue indefinitely. By definition, miracles do...
  • Burning Saltwater: Kanzius and Penn State Chemist Rostum Roy

    09/14/2007 10:32:35 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 78 replies · 3,176+ views
    Desalination Research And Development ^ | 9/14.07 | Charles Kilmer
    Kanzius and Penn State Chemist Rostum RoyPosted September 14th, 2007 by Categories: Water Desalination Research and Development Back in June I posted extensively about John Kanzius RF machine that cracked hydrogen out of saltwater. His last comments at the time were that he believed that his device had achieved unity–and therefor he would go silent. (That is, unlike electrolysis which is about 72% efficient–Kanzius believed his machine was +100–meaning he believed his machine produced more energy than it consumed. Needless to say, everyone around the net has said this is impossible.)There have been a flurry of new articles this week...
  • How To Turn The Deserts Green & Double the Size of the Habitable Earth

    07/29/2007 2:48:05 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 113 replies · 2,525+ views
    Desalination Research And Development ^ | 07/27/07 | Charles Kilmer
    I've been in Las Vegas this week for an American Membrane Technology Association desalination conference. I'll leave today for home haunts in Mclean, VA. Flying in on Monday from the east coast the old desert valleys of western Utah and Nevada look like old dead lakes. Come to think of it -- they are old dead lakes. Except there's a blue tangle of finger lakes among the carved brown mountains to the south. These mark Lake Powell and Lake Mead. Man made lakes. Both are now half full. There was a legislative breakfast on Wednesday morning. On the panel for...
  • Texas Pilot Plant Desalting Sea Water

    07/01/2007 2:59:14 PM PDT · by shield · 80 replies · 1,892+ views
    FoxNews/AP ^ | July 1st, 2007 | LYNN BREZOSKY
    BROWNSVILLE, Texas — On a one-acre site alongside a string of shrimp boats docked on the Brownsville ship channel stands a $2.2 million assembly of pipes, sheds, and humming machinery _ Texas' entree into global efforts to make sea water suitable to drink. Opening a small spigot at the end of a fat pipe, plant operator Joel del Rio fills a plastic glass with what he says will taste "like regular bottled water." "Sea water," he said. "It's never gonna run out." The plant is a pilot project for the state's $150 million, full-scale sea water desalination plant slated for...
  • Report: Desalination Could Exacerbate Climate Change (Enviro BANANA nuts)

    06/22/2007 5:17:07 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 17 replies · 595+ views
    Water and Wastewater News ^ | June 22, 2007 | World Wildlife Federation
    Making drinking water out of sea water is a growing trend, but the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) says it is a potential threat to the environment that also could exacerbate climate change. The global review of desalination plants worldwide: "Making water: Desalination -- option or distraction for a thirsty world?" -- states that some of the driest and thirstiest places are turning to desalination. These include regions where water problems affect large, populous areas -- Australia, the Middle East, Spain, the United Kingdom and United States, with India and China following suit. "Desalinating the sea is an expensive, energy-intensive and...
  • Australians Rejects Bulk Water Transfer in Favor of Desalination Research

    05/25/2007 11:15:32 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 10 replies · 519+ views
    Desalination Research And Development ^ | 5/25/07 | Charles Kilmer
    Australians Rejects Bulk Water Transfer in Favor of Desalination Research Last month the New York Times published an article about how the West is likely entering a prolonged period of water shortages. Similiar reports have recently been published in Australia detailing expected extended droughts over the next 50 years.The USA and Australia have responded to these reports in different ways.Several weeks ago I blogged about the current administration’s effort to push bulk water tranfers from Canada. This week Australia announced they were about to embark on a major desalination research project with the view of spending $250 million over seven...
  • Desalination VS Water Transfers (From Canada)

    04/26/2007 9:55:22 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 40 replies · 582+ views
    Desalination VS Water Transfers A couple weeks back I blogged about a widely published report that held that the west was entering into a prolonged drying spell. The New York Times detailed solutions being proposed & implimented that included desalination.What was not mentioned was an idea that will be bandied about during a meeting in Calgary. That meeting will be held next week in Calgary. It addresses the idea of massive water transfers from Canada to the USA & Mexico to address water shortages. You won’t hear about it south of the border however. The only place this is mentioned...
  • Why Newt was 95% in debate with Kerry

    04/11/2007 8:59:31 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 60 replies · 1,677+ views
    4/11/07 | Vanity
    Ok lets get the 5% wrong part out of the way. Both Newt and Kerry agreed that the current warming goes back 400 years. It only goes back about 200. Current reseach shows that there was a cooling period or mini ice age from the early 1400's to the early 1800's. Up until about 1810 the Thames River in England froze over sufficiently for London to have fairs on the river annually. After about 1810 those fairs ended. The ice was not solid enough to support the people. Both Kerry and Newt agreed that carbon dioxide has gone up since...
  • Israel shows off plants on water day

    03/23/2007 10:23:00 AM PDT · by RussianDude · 10 replies · 391+ views
    AP ^ | 3/23/2007 | MARSHALL THOMPSON
    ASHKELON, Israel - Israel displayed its best desalination plant to visiting diplomats Thursday, marking International Water Day by demonstrating how the desert nation keeps from shriveling in the sun. The plant, at the southern port of Ashkelon, turns 330,000 cubic meters of Mediterranean seawater into fresh water every day for about 53 cents each — compared to 80 cents at other plants, according to an official from the company that built the Israeli facility. Ezra Barkai, desk manager for IDE technologies, said the plant uses the common reverse osmosis technology that pushes water through a series of filters to remove...
  • Greenhouses For Desalinised Water And Oil

    11/27/2006 10:53:47 AM PST · by ckilmer · 24 replies · 954+ views
    Greenhouses For Desalinised Water & Oil. This week, let’s take a more in depth look at using greenhouses to tap oceans or briny aquifers to produce desalinised water and energy.Several weeks back I posted about a British Company that used greenhouses for water desalination to produce high value fruits and vegetables. Another thing those green houses could produce is biocrude/biodiesal from algae. Why?Consider this from Wikipedia. Oil Yield Cultivating Algae for Liquid Fuel Production ( Gallons of Oil per Acre per Year Corn . . . . . . . 18 Soybeans . . . .48 Safflower. . . ....
  • Engineers develop revolutionary nanotech water desalination membrane

    11/10/2006 11:58:15 AM PST · by ckilmer · 31 replies · 1,247+ views
    physorg ^ | November 06, 2006
    Engineers develop revolutionary nanotech water desalination membrane UCLA Engineering's Eric Hoek holds nanoparticles and a piece of his new RO water desalination membrane. Credit: UCLA Engineering/Don Liebig Researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science today announced they have developed a new reverse osmosis (RO) membrane that promises to reduce the cost of seawater desalination and wastewater reclamation. Reverse osmosis desalination uses extremely high pressure to force saline or polluted waters through the pores of a semi-permeable membrane. Water molecules under pressure pass through these pores, but salt ions and other impurities cannot, resulting in...
  • Desalination roadmap seeks technological solutions to increase the nation’s water supply

    07/08/2006 7:37:14 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 9 replies · 460+ views
    Desalination roadmap seeks technological solutions to increase the nation’s water supply 07.06.2006 Sandia researchers ready to complete research roadmap After one last meeting in San Antonio in April, Sandia National Laboratories researchers Pat Brady and Tom Hinkebein are putting the final touches on the updated Desalination and Water Purification Roadmap -- "Roadmap 2" -- that should result in more fresh water in parts of the world where potable water is scarce. The updated roadmap is the result of three previous meetings -- two in San Diego and one in Tampa -- and the last held in April where many government...
  • Huntington Beach Approves Largest U.S. Desalination Plant

    02/28/2006 2:01:51 PM PST · by BurbankKarl · 70 replies · 1,575+ views
    LA Times ^ | 2/28/06 | By Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
    A controversial proposal to build what would be the largest desalination plant in the nation along the Huntington Beach coastline was approved early today after months of raucous debate. The Huntington Beach City Council voted 4 to 3 to approve permits for Poseidon Resources Corp. to build a $250-million desalination facility next to the AES power station on Pacific Coast Highway at the city's southern edge. The desalination plant would produce as much as 50 million gallons of fresh water daily by tapping ocean water already pumped into the power station to cool the huge electrical facility. The plant still...
  • Like magic: A purifying powder can turn muddy water clear, and safe.

    01/07/2005 4:15:31 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 85 replies · 2,943+ views
    The Philidelphia Inquirer ^ | Wed, Jan. 05, 2005 | Tom Avril
    They took a bucket of muddy, bacteria-laden water. Added a bit of white powder. Stirred. And within minutes, standing amid 100 refugees in war-torn Liberia, researchers from Johns Hopkins University had produced what seemed like a magic trick: Clear, drinkable water. "I couldn't believe it when I saw it," Hopkins researcher Shannon Doocy said of her work last year. "The people in Liberia couldn't believe it." The powder, developed by Procter & Gamble Co. with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is now headed for its biggest test yet: the tsunami zone. Relief agencies, led by AmeriCares of...