Was listening to the Phillip Adams' "Late Night Live" programme repeat this afternoon and heard an amazing interview with a character named Max Whisson. As always, while everybody is looking in one direction (recycle, de-sal, more dams), somebody thinks laterally and comes up with an elegant, simple solution to a very vexing problem. Rain not necessary.
Click the title for the podcast of the interview (or transcript if available). The following is an extract from an article previously written by Phillip in "The Australian".
Haven't really thought much about what I can say about all this, just wanted to get it into circulation. Apparently this guy has designed a super efficient turbine system that works on wind-power, draws air in and extracts the moisture within. If Whisson's Windmill works as well as they say it does .. well .. somebody is going to be a very, very rich man. My only hope is that they get the patents sorted. Far too many brilliant Aussie ideas and inventions have been pinched by the Y(w)anks and sold back to us at great expense.
There’s a lot of water in the air. It rises from the surface of the oceans to a height of almost 100 kilometres. You feel it in high humidity, but there’s almost as much invisible moisture in the air above the Sahara or the Nullarbor as there is in the steamy tropics. The water that pools beneath an air-conditioned car, or in the tray under an old fridge, demonstrates the principle: cool the air and you get water. And no matter how much water we might take from the air, we’d never run out. Because the oceans would immediately replace it.