The Microsol project which aims to produce solar thermal electricity and drinking water through an ecological system, will begin a test phase of one year in Cadarache, before being deployed in emerging markets.
The project Microsol has been selected as a part of “Investments for the Future” and is funded by the French government to "prepare France for the challenges of the 21st Century".
It’s focused and driven by the industry Strategy & Innovation at Schneider Electric, with the participation of eight partners. Its major goal is to equip people cut off from electricity grids and without access to clean water with simple devices but sustainable power generation and drinking water from natural resources.
Human And Ecological Challenge: Produce Electricity
A solar thermal can heat water and make it reach a medium temperature that enables to generate electricity via a thermodynamic machine at a 150 KWh rate per day. This volume is sufficient to supply electricity to nearly a hundred homes in common use (lighting, household ...) and to support economic activities.
And Drinking Water
Transforming salt water and effluent water is the pure business of the TMW Company. The project is destined to provide several cubic meters of drinking water by desalination of seawater or brackish water. Technology implementation can use the excess heat produced by solar panels that can be converted into electricity. This water will supply homes, clinics and other agricultural or craft.
Basma – Green Energy International Correspondent – 08/12/11