Energy-Water Nexus // Viability of Wind Turbine to Desalinate Water for Drinking
By Ngwamah Hyelda Moses. This study aims at assessing the viability of wind energy in Burutu, Nigeria, to desalinate water through reverse osmosis technology. Burutu has been identified with shortage of drinking water as a result of salt water intrusion from the ocean. Four analysis were carried out: First was the estimation of wind speed in m/s at the height of 120m. Second analysis was the calculation of energy generation in kWh. Third analysis was calculation of volume of water in m^3 which can be desalinated using electricity generated from the average monthly wind speed. The last analysis is the amount of Co2 saved as a result of use of renewables as source of power. The result shows that wind speed in Burutu has an annual average wind speed of 4.53m/s from NASA and 3.20m/s from Nimet data. Average monthly energy generated in this location is 39,733kwh and an annual volume of water desalinate is 95,359m^3 with 228 tonne of CO2 saved.
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