Solar energy, wind energy, and a combination of wind and solar energy have been used successfully to power an UV (ultraviolet) water purification system. Five different solar and wind energy systems have been tested and although these renewable energy systems have been used for water purification, graphs contained in the paper can be used to determine the feasibility of powering other electrical loads. Combining a 100-W solar-PV system with a 500-W wind turbine resulted in pumping and purifying enough water to satisfy the potable water requirements of 4000 people (16000 liters/day) at an estimated equipment cost of $4630.
Remote Solar, Wind, and Hybrid Solar/Wind Energy Systems for Purifying Water
Contributed by the Solar Energy Division of THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS for publication in the ASME JOURNAL OF SOLAR ENERGY ENGINEERING. Manuscript received by the ASME Solar Energy Division, November 2000; final revision, August 2002. Associate Editor: C. Vargas-Aburto.
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Vick, B. D., Clark, R. N., Ling, J., and Ling, S. (January 27, 2003). "Remote Solar, Wind, and Hybrid Solar/Wind Energy Systems for Purifying Water ." ASME. J. Sol. Energy Eng. February 2003; 125(1): 107–111. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1531148
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