Apr 07, 2015

Menorah Islands Project Creates Solutions for Water Shortage, Resource Conservation

The project calls for the use of solar-powered atmospheric water generators to create an additional source of water for the Middle Eastern islands

Menorah Islands Project

The Menorah Islands Project concept offers solutions to address the water shortage in the Middle East. The project, which envisions a complex of nine artificial islands off the Israeli coast, calls for the use of solar-powered atmospheric water generators to create an additional source of water for the arid region.

Atmospheric water generators extract water from humidity in the atmosphere, literally creating fully potable water from thin air. The technique has been hailed as an increasingly important solution to addressing clean drinking water and water shortages. Atmospheric water generators are currently capable of generating several thousand gallons per day. Their use has been discussed in relation to several large cities throughout the world that are facing water shortage issues.

Project developers believe that a significant portion of the artificial island complex's water can be generated from this unique source. Additional water-generation will come from a massive, solar-powered desalination plant that will be built on the mainland where the "trunk" of the menorah shape. When combined, these techniques will create enough drinking water to export back to the mainland and serve to relieve the stress on the Middle East's continually stressed water supplies.

In the long-term, the project sees an opportunity to create peace between hostile Middle Eastern neighbors by serving as a unifying force through economic collaboration and mutual benefit. The entire complex aims to be the greenest artificial island project ever attempted by utilizing solar power and other environmentally friendly power generating methods.

The Menorah Islands Project artificial islands concept could also incorporate several other environmentally-savvy technologies, including passive systems in place of heating and air conditioning; wind and solar power; and electric car charging stations to encourage gas-free travel.

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