This offshore solar-powered jumbo pipe converts sea water into clean drinking water- Watch!

The exterior of The Pipe is coated with high-tech, satellite-grade solar panels, which harvest power throughout the day. 

Last Updated: Sep 23, 2016, 12:01 PM IST
This offshore solar-powered jumbo pipe converts sea water into clean drinking water- Watch!
Image credit: LAGI

New Delhi: 'The Pipe' is a beautiful example of art meeting technology. This massive, shimmery pipe, installed off the coast of California, is a floating electromagnetic desalination plant powered by the sun.

The infrastructure is designed by the Canadian engineering firm Abdolaziz Khalili and Associates, which aims to overcome the five-year drought issue of California. This billion-dollar project was one of the 10 finalist in the 2016 Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI).

The exterior of The Pipe is coated with high-tech, satellite-grade solar panels, which harvest power throughout the day. The glittering silver tube could generate 10,000 MWh of electricity annually, powering an electromagnetic filtration system capable of pumping out 1.5 billion gallons of clean drinking water for the city over the same period, according to The Independent.

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The best thing of this futuristic design is that it eliminates the issue of brine that harms the marine life. As the structure is placed over ocean, it makes use of ocean water to dissolve the brine as it's slowly released.