Aris SolarWind for potable water production and organic vegetable cultivation
The following diagram is a Aris SolarWind configuration for an integrated system for power and potable water production; and organic vegetable cultivation using palm fiber.
Aris SolarWind systems combined with palm fiber overlays, are enabling
villagers and small holders in Asia to grow organic vegetables on even
the most arid land.
Palm fiber is a bio-degradable, organic fiber derived from the palm fruit after the extraction of its oil. It functions as a powerful growth medium through its ability to retain moisture, protect immature roots, control weeds and provide soil nutrients via fertilizer dosing.
In a multi-benefit scenario, an Aris 1MW SolarWind hybrid installed for rural electrification, also powers a system to pump water from underground aquifers, purify it for drinking or distribute it, untreated, to palm fiber overlays for periodic re-moisturizing.
Mixed loose with topsoil or supplied in the form of 5 cm-thick mats where topsoil is lacking, palm fiber is inexpensive, light easy to handle and lay. The fiber readily available from Malaysia and Indonesia that collectively produce 98% of the world's palm oil.
In addition to enabling organic vegetable cultivation, industrial-scale laying of palm fiber mat has prevented soil erosion and desertification in China and Australia.
In northern China during the last few decades, relentlessly advancing dunes have devoured thousands of square kilometers of land, bringing the Gobi Desert ever closer to Beijing itself and occasionally blanketing the capital in sandstorms. In tests conducted by the Beijing Forestry Commission from 2003-2006, grasses grown on palm fiber mat halted the encroachment of desert onto previously-threatened land.