Renewable wind energy has been an important part of
It would be an exciting development to find our area on the cutting edge of desalination of water as well.
At first glance, taking the impurities from seawater or salty groundwater and making such water drinkable doesn't seem like a promising possiblity for our part of
More wind energy generation is coming to the area. Tri-Global Energy currently is planning the largest wind farm in the world in
Texas Tech Chancellor
That's going to fit well with Tech's long-standing academic research of wind energy. In 2003, Tech developed, with support from the
The process of desalination would seem to have little in common with creating energy from the wind, but both are able to create something usable from something not usable.
Removing impurities from water and making it useful for human consumption is enormously appealing, especially in a state suffering from a drought.
"It's a drought-proof supply of water -- we have an endless supply from the
That is certainly an inviting possibility for
Coleman notes the time frame for desalination is likely to be related to how long the drought lasts. Continued dry weather will make the option of purifying unusable water more and more appealing.
Desalination is not going to be the only answer to future water needs in
-- Our position: Making energy from the wind and creating drinking water from water that is currently unusable are both appealing projects. Creating renewable wind energy has been successful and is being increased. Desalination of water has generated far less success, but it is an option that needs to be explored for the future.
-- Why you should care: All water, no matter how polluted or how salty it is, can be made drinkable by removing the pollution, salt and other impurities. Processes for removing them are difficult and expensive, but they may become necessary on a larger scale in places where the water supply is fragile.
-- For more information: Log on to our website, www.lubbockonline.com, and enter the words "desalination" or "wind energy" in the search box.
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