3 Steps Towards A Sustainable Water Based Future

How Modern Hydro-Technology Could Save The World

Though oil may currently be the most sought after and fought over product on the planet at the minute, as needs, innovations and mindsets change this hopefully won’t be the same in our future. In a highly connected and technologically dependent world we need energy in huge amounts, but oil isn’t our only answer. Thanks to these same fields there may be a way that we can sustain ourselves on elements we may have overlooked – namely good old H20.

Water is an essential part of life on planet earth, this may seem obvious, but it doesn’t stop us from wasting it in astronomical amounts daily while some people don’t have any. We need clean water to survive, but thirst quenching isn’t this unique elements only power. With a little know how we might already have the ingredients for a much more sustainable society and all we need is what we have lots of – water, and maybe a little sunlight.

Rising Sea Levels

Thanks to global warming’s effect on the polar ice caps, sea levels are actually rising, this means we technically have more water than before on our hands. Though the process of using water should stop the greenhouse effect, using this overspill for now could prove very useful, because sea water is incredibly abundant. This is great news for those who still need it, but they can’t just drink it straight from the ocean, or can they?

 

Step 1 – Advanced Water Filtration

The first stop in using water to sustain life is filtering it. After all many third world countries have access to water through wells, springs and rivers – the issue is that it isn’t clean. Recently water filtering has stepped up and become even more useful and easier to use. Using several filters dirty water can become drinkable in seconds, now with nano-technology able to filter out everything harmful it really is safe. This means that sea water can help thirsty nations, offset the costs of producing and shipping bottled water which simultaneously lowers negative emissions.

Advanced Water Filtration

Step 2 – Hydro Power

So, if everyone has drinking water, but modern civilisations require power, how does water help? Well water is already providing power to many nations through several innovations. Dams, wave power and new experimental water systems all use water as an energy source. But the best and most efficient clean energy today comes from sunlight, using solar energy once again helps the environment and eliminates the need for fossil fuels, but how does water help?

Step 2 – Hydro Power

Step 3 – Salt Water Battery

It turns out we might not need to filter all that sea water after all. One of solar powers biggest flaws is storage, but the salt water battery is a safe and easy way to keep energy. By using this we can use two elements we have more than enough of to power our electronic devices. Add electric cars or even better the emerging hydrogen cars to the mix and water plus sunlight becomes a self-sustaining cycle of energy output as hydrogen cars claim to only output water vapour. This all may seem farfetched today, but the biggest barrier is not implementing it all, it is getting those who profit from the current energy infrastructure

Salt Water Battery