26 October, 2006
The Aegean Sea has the first floating desalination platform in the world, built entirely based on Greek know-how, design and construction. The wind generator it features produces the necessary energy used to turn sea water into drinking water and it is built in such a way that can operate in the most adverse weather conditions, while the platform can be moved to different islands to supply them with drinking water.
This undertaking has a major ecological dimension as well, because wind as an energy source reduces to zero any unfavorable environmental consequences.
Each island has a different water supply and irrigation needs. Certain Aegean islands like Syros, Tinos, Mykonos, Serifos, Sifnos, Rhodes, Kos and Karpathos have satisfactory underground and surface water reserves and desalination units while others like Milos, Kimolos, Iraklia, Schoinousa, Simi, Halki, Patmos and Megisti have their water supply needs covered partly by the existing infrastructure or entirely by water supplies coming from other regions.
In northern Europe, offshore wind farms are gaining ground but there the sea is shallow for a long distance from the coasts and the windmill bases are being cemented to the bottom of the sea.
The floating wind farms, however, can be the solution in the Mediterranean, Japan or the United States where the sea is deep and the winds very strong.
Source: Athens News Agency