Gravity Tide Based Power Generation

[[http://www.rafaa.ch/rafaa/rio_de_janeiro.html]]
[[http://www.breadandbutterscience.com/GFWTS1.pdf]]
[[http://cubeme.com/blog/2009/11/20/eco-pods-project-by-howeler-yoon-architecture-squared-design-lab/]]
[[http://www.oas.org/dsd/publications/unit/oea59e/ch20.htm]]
[[http://www.gewater.com/what_we_do/water_scarcity/desalination.jsp]]
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Project Description
The operational purpose of our project is to use water as the means to help generate electrical current. We conceive this to take the form of a attachable mesh system that can be used to collect rain/greywater and use the gravity feed energy of the water to contribute power to some building system. In order to provide the ample amount of water the site where our system is located would be in the Northwest and all environmental data will stem from that location. Conceptual construction of this system would consist of a mini modular that contained a turbine at could generate electrical current when water passes through it. This modular can be used in a stacking/attaching method to construct attachments to existing buildings to form new outdoor spaces. This ability to generate new space allows existing building a chance to morph the exterior form and generate a dialogue about the redevelopment of space. Another possible function of this system is that through water collection and being exposed to the outside there is the ability for the system to purify water. By being a capture vessel and purfier the modular unit will be able to become a measuring device and ever changing appearance dependent on the current environmental condition.

The introduction of desalination in the idea is so that the system we are proposing is a multifunctional system that will live on its' own, rather than relying on the city. Desalination will create not only drinkable water, but also water for landscaping, the excess of clean water can be sent to the city. Operation for this system would consist of a combination of solar panels and turbines to generate electricity. First of all the solar panels main function would be to operate the pumps that would transfer the sea water to the reservoir. Electricity generating buoys are located on the ocean that as the currents / tides change throughout the day, they'll generate energy.

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Desalination primarily would rely on reverse osmosis, which is a system that cleans water by using a semi permeable membrane that only allows water molecules to pass. Salt that is captured can be used as regular table salt etc.