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Response to XemaSab (Reply #12)

Fri Sep 28, 2012, 02:30 PM

26. Plenty of space southwest of Phoenix

The nice thing about coupling desalination with solar energy is that you don't have to run the plants 100% all the time. And likewise if you are pumping the fresh water to a population area like Phoenix, you don't have to run the pumps full time. You can run them when the sun is out and then store the water near where it will be consumed.

You can even use that as an energy store as well. In other words, you can pump the fresh water to a storage area that we well uphill from where it will be consumed. Then as you deliver it, you can generate electricity. You can pump it uphill during the bright sunlight and then generate electricity as the water is consumed overnight.

Remember that Hoover Dam was not "cost effective" in its day. Big things take a vision and investment.

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