11 June 2009

Besides Breathing, Drinking Water is Paramount

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This ocean resort is capable of condensing drinking water from humid seaside air, and of de-salinating seawater to freshwater. Picture such a structure as a community inside a coral atoll, protected from the ocean swell and stormwaves by rings of coral breakwater. Abundant sea life provides ample food supply. Fresh vegetables and fruit can be grown using aeroponic or hydroponic technology.
Now try to imagine a floating breakwater that would function as well as a coral atoll. It is difficult, if not impossible. But since there are few unclaimed coral atolls in the sea, it may be necessary to devise something that comes close.
Seasteads can function in protected waters just fine, as long as accomodations are made with the ruling jurisdiction. If you want a micronation that is independent to go its own way, you have to find a way to survive in international waters.

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Blogger kurt9 said...

This design is not by the seasteading group. It is a design for an eco-resort that is intended for a tropical beach location. I agree that this design would not work in the open ocean. None the less, it would make for a nice resort.

Thursday, 11 June, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm. It looks interesting. It will be interesting to see the net energy and water production/consumption rates.

Thursday, 11 June, 2009  
Blogger CarlBrannen said...

Do you suppose that the engineers who invented this hadn't heard of "rain"? I guess it would have uses somewhere other than Seattle. If we want fresh water over here, we leave a barrel out. Eventually it fills up automatically.

Thursday, 11 June, 2009  
Blogger neil craig said...

OTECs (Ocean Thermal Energy Convertors) also produce fresh water as a by product. Because they sweep up nutrient rich deep waters they also produce fish as a by product & are CO2 negative. he downside is that they have to be pretty big to be efficient & we are thus in a can't get there from here situation. owever I understand the US base on Diego Garcia runs one.

Friday, 12 June, 2009  

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