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Old 24-08-2009, 22:36   #1
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Would This Work for Water?

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Old 24-08-2009, 23:20   #2
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Interesting! But, if it takes a day (24 hrs?) to produce 7 gallons and it is using 480 watts @ 110 volts "whenever it is producing water", that's not chump change when it comes to electricity. Using an inverter to get the 110 from a 12 v battery brings more inefficiency into it. You'll drain your battery pretty fast.

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Hmm. Lots of wattage. It makes the claim that it can be adapted to run on 12/24V inverted system, but at that wattage I imagine it would kill a battery bank quick. 7 gallons a day is good, but if it has to be running at that for 24 hours I imagine that if you were looking to score only 1 gallon, it would still take over 3 hours running at that 480watts.

Who knows... if it can be done, couldn't it be done at less amp draw? Interesting for sure.
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In addition to the power requirements, there is also a need for substantial humidity in the air. I bet you would not get much water in the middle of the desert, whereas, during a monsoon it would probably be overflowing.
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Old 25-08-2009, 04:34   #5
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for twice that you can find used wm's that produce that amount hourly and run on 12v. Reverse Osmosis Boat Water Maker
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At this Wattage what does the 'Eco' stand for?

And if I do have this amount of energy then I am probably at the dock = I can just open the tap and fill my tanks.

Probably a great idea for a very specific application / location though.

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That thing is a dehumidifier with a RO filter.
Like running AC all day. Not for a boat. The optional power source would be for off grid home use.
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Big power user. All I can think of is that icky dehumidifier in our basement as a kid, that we had to empty daily. Slosh, splash, slosh, splash as I made my messy way towards the sink.

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At this Wattage what does the 'Eco' stand for?

And if I do have this amount of energy then I am probably at the dock = I can just open the tap and fill my tanks.

Probably a great idea for a very specific application / location though.

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This is about as inefficient as it gets, our watermaker (running on 12v) is a world better, though only putting out that volume about every 2 hrs it's still comparing rocks to wheels for mileage?

Why re-invent the wheel?
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At this Wattage what does the 'Eco' stand for?


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Spectra approx 96 watts (8 amps @12 volts)= 8 gallons per HOUR.
FIVE Spectras x 96 watts (5x8ampsx12volts= 480 watts)= 40 gallons per HOUR
multiply THAT by 24 hours and instead of 7 gallons you have 960 gallons!

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Thanks for all the feedback.

I think what I'm doing is getting a 100 watt refrigerator (for free) and cutting it apart to make it into a water maker. I will have a 400 watt wind generator and solar panels, so if it's windy enough, I should be able to get a few ounces of water per hour. I don't expect it to be efficient, but will be interesting to try.
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Thanks for all the feedback.

I think what I'm doing is getting a 100 watt refrigerator (for free) and cutting it apart to make it into a water maker. I will have a 400 watt wind generator and solar panels, so if it's windy enough, I should be able to get a few ounces of water per hour. I don't expect it to be efficient, but will be interesting to try.
Post pictures and notes so we can follow your progress.
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A dehumidifier is made to catch the water. No mods required. Unless you want 12V.
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Sorry I don't have a digital camera.

I took apart a small 100 watt refrigerator today. I fired it up, and it would be good to submerge the hot pipes in something, but I left them to air-cool. After about 10 minutes it started dripping, but I calculated it would take something like 2 hours to make an ounce of water.

Does anyone have ideas to improve the system? I was thinking I could boil sea water underneath it, and the steam would condense.. but then maybe I don't need the fridge at all.
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