A lightning system that turns water into electricity could be a key part of helping cities like New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New Orleans better serve the people and the environment.
It could also help with reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The technology, dubbed Electromagnetically Active Water Repellent, or EMBR, is a new type of water repellent that converts water into electric power.
The system works by creating a charge between two electrodes.
The charge between the electrodes creates an electric current in the water, which flows through a coil to the electric grid.
The electricity from the electric power then passes through a capacitor to a generator, which converts the electrical power into a usable amount of electricity.EMBR uses electrolytes, which are made up of oxygen and hydrogen, and is a renewable and low-cost energy source.
The idea behind EMBR is that when water hits the electrodes, the hydrogen and oxygen ions combine and form an electrical charge, creating an electric field that is then transferred to the water.
The process is similar to a battery, but the electrolytes have a higher capacity, which means they can store more energy.
A demonstration of EMBR.
The electric charge is transferred through an electric coil.
The process is the same as a battery.
(The Canadian Hydropower Association)In New York, EMBR can be installed in water pipes and other facilities to generate electricity.
A similar EMBR system could be used to produce energy from seawater.
The EMBR project is a collaboration between the University of Toronto, the University at Buffalo, the U.S. Department of Energy and the Canadian Hydrapower Association.
A similar system was also tested in California in 2015.
That experiment produced electricity in about eight minutes, but it is unclear if that type of system is feasible in the United States.
The company behind EMbr says it is trying to change that.
“Our hope is that this is the next generation of water reclamation systems that can deliver more energy in less time,” said David DeMarco, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University College of London.
“We think that if we can produce this, that it could also produce a new paradigm of renewable energy,” he said.
“The more energy we can create, the more we can capture.”
DeMarco says the technology could be incorporated into future projects to create new water sources and even power electric cars.
He believes that the EMBR technology could even be used in the development of new energy storage technologies, such as pumped hydroelectric dams.
A pumped hydro hydropower project.
(Photo: David DeMario/UCL/Royal Ontario Museum)DeMarco said the EMbr project has already helped the company build a number of new facilities in New York.
“It’s been great to see the tremendous enthusiasm that people have shown for this technology and the opportunities it could open up for the industry,” he added.
“And it’s great to think that this could be rolled out in the U: New York and Canada.
But if it works well enough, it could potentially be replicated in other parts of the world as well.”
DeMarcus says the company is working to build a demonstration facility in New Jersey, where it will be based, in time for the end of the year.
The Canadian Hydropower Association says it has been working with the company to bring the technology to the United Kingdom, but has yet to decide whether it will move forward.
DeMarco acknowledges that there are some challenges with EMBR and other technologies that could prevent it from making it into commercial use.
He points to the difficulty of producing a large enough quantity of electrolytes to create electricity in large amounts of water.
“There’s always a concern with these new technologies, but we’ve found a way to solve that problem,” he says.
“If you have a good enough technology, the challenge is the supply of the energy.
But I don’t think it’s that hard to do.”
De Marco said the company has invested heavily in the technology, and hopes that it will soon be used as a source of electricity for the United Nations in the form of water desalination.
“The challenge for us is that we need to be able to generate this in a sustainable way.
So we need a long-term supply,” he explained.