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Living Ecosystem Turns Seawater Into Fresh Drinking Water [Pics]

Living Ecosystem Turns Seawater Into Fresh Drinking Water [Pics]

A futuristic-looking contraption to be part of a Smart Water Network infrastructure.

Yi Chen


Studiomobile unveiled a futuristic-looking installation as part of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2012. “Networking Nature” is a living ecosystem that feeds off seawater and turns it into fresh drinking water via solar-powered stills.

The mechanics behind Networking Nature involves placing ocean water in glass tanks. As the tanks heat up by small lamps, this causes the seawater to evaporate, where the steam is then condensed into fresh water. The drinking water is finally collected in tanks, ready to be distributed.

The designers explain that the contraption is created to be part of a larger local water infrastructure called “Smart Water Network.”

The Smart Water Network will be a layer of the ecological network as well as the Smart Power Grid and the communications network. This strategy not only gives response to the preservation of the environment, but it is also a radically new model that ensures free and democratic access to the resources to everybody.

Click through the gallery to see more images of the potentially life-altering project.

 

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