Friday, 02 December 2016

Life Windro project begins on the use of mechanical energy in desalination and water purification with reverse osmosis

On 1 October, the European project Life Windro (LIFE15 CCM / ES / 000040) was launched, which is part of the framework of the 'climate change' framework. The objective of the project is the realization of a prototype (pilot) installation for the desalination of water by reverse osmosis, in particular a mechanical transmission system integrated by a wind turbine for the desalination and purification of the water through reverse osmosis.

The innovation of the Life Windro project is to work in a self-sufficient way using only mechanical energy.

Thus, the project technical objectives are:
- Design of the transmission of mechanical wind energy from the wind turbine to the high pumps. It will include the design of gear systems, multipliers, shafts and couplings, bearings, bearings and brackets to the bearing structure.
- Modification of a commercial wind turbine for its implementation in the system.
- Coupling of the mechanical transmission.
- Optimization of the reverse osmosis module and selection of membranes for the irregular working regime due to wind variations.

While environmental targets are:
- Mitigation of climate change by reducing GHG emissions as a result of the use of sustainable energy to develop the reverse osmosis desalination process.
- Supply of water in areas with supply problems, both for human consumption and agriculture.

The consortium that runs this European Life Windro project consists of the following companies:
- Water Generation (coordinator).
- Ciemat.
- University of Granada.- Water Institute.
- Facsa.
- Adepro Engineering.
- Urbitas.

The first meeting was held at the Ciemat facility in Madrid on 18 October 2016.