Thursday, May 31, 2012

Mantis, Fog-collector/ Wind-turbine

 The MANTIS, is a Fog-collector/ Wind-turbine that works in desert areas like Namibia, Australia
or the Acahama in Chile. The Mantis can produce up to 100 Liter of Water out of the foggy air during a night. The windturbine who is placed behind the fog collector mesh ( not shown on the foto)
collects the airflow trough the mesh and has a peak power of up to 500 Watt. My mantis has enough power and produces enough power for at least a family or 4 persons. The production price is arround
300-400 Euros so quite affordaple for people in rural desert areas to replace quite expensive fuel powered generators and expensive water supply from the goverment.

 After days working in heavy conditions during the early morning my vision of the future water /energy source for the people in namibia was ready and straight on operable.
The windturbine starts to run in a early morning brise.

 The "head unit" can use also for stand-alone operations on wind exposed places like on rocks or ruf-top of  houses. The photo show the unit without fog-collector mesh.
 After several night shifts and becoming mad about, wounded fingers and brocked tools

 detail wiew on the "waterbox" with the water tube and main connector for the upper part

 after unboxing, the several parts in the morning desert sun. Overall the whole construction weight only 25 Kilos, and ready for assembling

Assembling the "mantis" in desert conditions: 43° degrees and all the tools quite disfunctional
because everythink becomes broken in the sand. Shame on some of my tools... they just brocke
in the middl eof the desert... so I will never buy again something form the " Meister" tool
brand from Germany.
The power screw driver from metabo was quite really good for this rough time.

Thanks DHL to deliever my box quite in time, at this critical point and this box was over 6 months
work and over 1000 Euros private money to give the people in namibia a vision of producing
energy and water independently from "Osswater" and build up a new futher with their local resources.
 also thanks to Adrian from DHL to manage the delievering efficient.

Waiting for the DHL delievering my box from Germany to Walfishbay I used the time for sandbording in the dunes.

The area of the "Nara" our local partners in the desert

The view from the dunes to the Gobabeb Desert Research Station.

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