Method and system for extracting and disposing of water vapour
|480 - Abstract of the offer:|
|The European Space Agency (ESA) has developed a technology to extract and dispose of water vapour contained in the air of a space vehicle. This technology can be used in aircraft or environments where recycling water is very important, or to control environmental conditions. Licence agreement collaborations are sought.|
Description of the offer:
The offered technology relates to a vapour extraction and ejection system. It consists of a cooled condenser and respective collection zones, a decompression chamber in thermal contact with the condenser and shutters connected to a control unit. An array of fins with converging surfaces towards the collection zones are part of the condenser. Thus, the condensed water on the vanes is transferred to the collection zones by capillary action. The decompression chamber is located within the fin’s inner cavities and contains metal foam or plates for trapping water droplets in suspension.
The technology also refers to the extraction process and the way of disposal of water vapour contained in a pressurised volume of air, comprising steps to condense the water vapour on a cooled apparatus of condensation and to collect it by making use of capillary action.
Innovations and advantages:
This technology offers the opportunity to obtain water from the air containing water vapour in a controlled environment. It also offers the opportunity to control chamber conditions such as pressure or percentage of humidity.
Domain of application:
This technology can be used in the ATV spacecraft and in the International Space Station (ISS). Other potential applications are for example in areas such as control of environmental conditions for agriculture (as in hydroponics).
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Last update: 15 January 2013