Solar Powered Pipe Offshore Could Help California’s Drought

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Source: Business Insider/Dana Varinsky September 16, 2016 in Science/Tech

Photo: Ian Abbott/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

California’s five-year drought has become so serious that Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill earlier this month requiring water districts to start imposing penalties on consumers who use the highest quantities of the precious resource.

A new futuristic design concept aims to address the problem from a different perspective: by proposing a new way to make sea water drinkable.

The Pipe, a giant, floating desalination device, is designed to be both an artistic landmark and a way to provide California with a new source of clean water. The project is one of 10 finalists for the Land Art Generator Initiative biennial design competition, which asked teams to envision innovative site-specific public art projects that can harness clean energy and convert it into electricity or drinking water. The assigned location for this year’s competition was Santa Monica, California.

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