Here are some photos of a installation we did at a high school in Canton. We have removed the side-plate of one of our units to view the interior. Our newer models have been upgraded on the inside.
QUEENSLAND’S worst drought in a century is hiding deeper policy failures in the agricultural sector that have devastated rural communities, an economist warns.
Speaking ahead of next weekend’s Sunday Mail Bush Forum in Longreach, Ben Rees says thousands of farmers are now in crisis, reeling from the cumulative effects of almost 50 years of flawed financial and political thinking. A dogmatic “bigger is better’’ theory, starting with consolidation of dairy farms, has driven property aggregations over decades, funded by high debt-to-equity bank loans. The number of farms in Australia has fallen by 30 per cent since 1973 to 128,917. But Mr Rees says the economies of scale did not translate into increased profitability as assumed. What benefits did flow were enjoyed by consumers in lower grocery costs as a result of retail monopolies, rather than by farmers through gate prices.
In 1972, when sector reform began, rural debt was half the gross value of farm production. By 1994, when a debt crisis sparked a Senate inquiry, it had risen to 69 per cent. The lessons were not learned and the ratio continued to rise to three-quarters in 2000, eventually peaking in 2010, when debt was 1½ times the total gross value of farm production. The only reason it levelled off since then, Mr Rees argued, was that rural lending flatlined, cancelled out by foreclosures and bankruptcies.
“It was always a question of when would it fail, and under what circumstances,’’ Mr Rees said. “That failure was exposed unceremoniously by the global financial crisis in 2008.’’ Farm land values have plummeted 40 per cent since the GFC, but the debts remain. “As banks moved to restructure rural portfolios, farmers financed in pre-GFC valuations found themselves technically insolvent,’’ Mr Rees said. Drought-management costs have added to producers’ woes. “Bank foreclosures have been subjected to confidentiality clauses, which have prevented rural financial stress from becoming public knowledge,’’ he said. The number of people working in farming has fallen 30 per cent in the past 40 years, while the national labour force overall has more than doubled. Young people have left in search of work, undermining rural communities and adding to high youth unemployment in urban areas.
Mr Rees, who runs a family farm at Miles, said many of the worst-hit farmers were not eligible for drought concessional loans under rules on long-term viability. But all major political parties continued to “conveniently hide behind drought’’ rather than address the underlying debt problems. The Federal Senate’s economic committee in March dismissed the establishment of an Australian Reconstruction and Development Board to restructure debt in dislocated industries, including agriculture. That means the onus is now on state governments to set up some sort of framework to help save the bush.
”This fuel bill is a heavy load to bear for telecoms companies financially and contributes to carbon emissions. In India alone during 2011 telecom tower sites consumed an estimated 3.2 billion liters of diesel fuel. At the current rate of expansion, that could reach 6 billion by 2020.
India is currently leading the way in installation and upgrading of off-grid sites to use alternative and renewable energy sources. The government in India heavily subsidizes diesel fuel and in an effort to reduce carbon footprint and reduce greenhouse emissions it has been mandated that 50% of rural sites be powered by renewable energy by 2015, and by 2020 75% of rural sites and 33% of urban sites should be switched over to green energy.”
There’s a major opportunity that exists to partner with cell phone tower manufacturers, installers, and off-grid facilities that use diesel power. The addition of a MultiGen system with utilized waste heat absorption to produce water from the air and cooling for the facility. Since to be used waste heat to power our unit both the water and air conditioning would be virtually free. The savings to both the company and country are substantial.
A former Central West resident and Ambassador for the Bush Administration, Mr. John Anderson, recently introduced his business associate Mr. Wallie Ivison, CEO and Founder of World Environment Solutions to the drought ravaged communities of Longreach, Blackall, Tambo and his hometown Barcaldine. “Fresh on the back of Queensland Premier Cambell Newman’s visit to Longreach, I felt it was important for a company like World Environment Solutions to see first hand the extent of the dry circumstances that the Central West is in,” said Mr. Anderson. The cycles of rain and drought very much influence daily life and business choices of regional Queenslanders and World Environment Solutions products have an ability to enhance those choices Mr. Anderson said.
“The water-making from the air technology developed and championed by World Environment Solutions is as simple as the principle our old kerosene fridges operated on when I was a kid in fencing camps and railway sidings in the 1960’s.” “Exchanging heat for cooling and chilling back then has given way to making water and cool air today,” Mr. Anderson said. World Environment Solutions has developed and patented the MultiGen system, which has the capacity to make water and cool air from the heat exhaust of existing diesel generators or gas turbines. The amount of cool air conditioned and water made is proportional to the amount of the exhaust heat and the relative humidity in the air making it of particular benefit to mining and resource company accommodation facilities.
“MultiGen has the capacity to make water in Alice Springs, Dubai or here in the Central West,” said Mr. Ivison. “We’ve recently installed a system at an educational facility in Wagga Wagga and are about to commission another in Albury.” “Both of those were new installations however the MultiGen approach can also build on existing diesel generators like we have running small communities here in Outback Queensland.” Mr. Ivison said that a smaller electric version of MultiGen are available for domestic use and would be sufficient to air-condition say a 200 m2 house as well as making sufficient water annually for a family of four. “If someone was looking to install a new ducted air-conditioning system in a house or commercial facility in say Longreach, then the opportunity to create and harvest water as a byproduct would be wise investment at this time and into the future,” said Mr Ivison.
World Environmental Solutions could supply a domestic drinking water-making product that could produce up to 25 liters per day of filtered drinking water sitting on the verandah or patio. “I’ve had one sitting on my deck for about eight years and my family of three have never had to drink or make tea from tap water,” Mr. Ivison said. “If 1200 residences in Longreach had one of these,” said Mr. Ivison,” residents could generate around 11 million liters of their own drinking water annually creating a significant saving in water treatment for Longreach Regional Council.”
A NOTE FROM THE COMPANY
“We are not suggesting people tear out existing AC systems and install these but we are simply pointing out that if you lived in the bush why not put in an AC system that makes water as well. We can’t fill the river but we can make enough for toilets and showers etc along with a small drinking fountain, and you would have the living aspect covered at least.
Most water is made in the evening when its cooler and water more dense. I found in Barky that the yearly average Relative Humidity at 9 am was 52% meaning it was certainly more through the night. So a drinking fountain would make about 18 liters at 52 % RH…… still allot of water to drink and certainly would eliminate the need to have an evacuation plan as suggested by some councils…… beside where would they go and who would pay the bill etc.”
Ethiopia: 8 million people of Ethiopia’s 60 million people are at serious risk to drought. UNICEF estimates that 1.4 million of these people in trouble will be children under five. (See Ethiopia: The hardest hit.)
Eritrea: Has had many successive years of drought, this, combined with a border war with Ethiopia, has created major food shortages. Over 1.3 million people are at serious risk, including over 1 million people who have been displaced by the border war.
Somalia: Due to 7 consecutive poor harvests along with chronic insecurity in some areas, food stability is deteriorating, affecting over 1 million people, of those, 300,000 children aged under 5 years. The drought been worsened by sudden torrential rains and flash flooding.
Sudan: Over 2.8 million people in the south of Sudan face food insecurity in the coming months.
Uganda: About 550,000 people in Uganda are at risk of food insecurity.
Afghanistan: Large parts of the southern Afganistan are severely affected by drought, where 60% to 80% of livestock have died. Over 2.5 million people, or 10% of the Afgan population, are at risk and many will need assistance for at least the next 12 months.
China: In the northern Shanxi province of China, nearly 3 million people don’t have enough water to live on. About 33% of the province’s wheat crop has been affected by the drought and more than 60% of its soil lacks water.
India: The India government has mobilized massive water relief efforts in several regions. The areas of Madhya Pradesh, along with the western states of Rajasthan and Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh in the south, may experience severe drought following the failure of last year’s monsoon rains. Over 130 million people in 12 states have been affected by the worst drought in 100 years.
Iran: The Iran government has approached the United Nations office in Tehran to ask for international aid to help meet losses estimated at $1.7 billion from the drought. Iran requires about $200 million to provide such things as water tankers and water purifying units for drought-hit areas.
Morocco: The Moroccan government has launched a $633 million contingency plan to combat the worst drought in 10 years. About 70% of the country’s farmable land has been affected by drought.
Pakistan: Government officials have estimated that nearly 3 million people, mostly villagers, face possible starvation from drought. Hundreds of thousands of people have left Pakistan’s southern Thar desert to avoid the problem. The drought has devastated many crops and livestock in the region, home to over 1 million people, there is fear of a massive humanitarian crisis.
California continues to be plagued by water scarcity and few solutions exist. As we continue to watch California struggle it begs the question what can be done. Our company has reached out to California representatives to offer an alternative. Atmospheric Water Generation (AWG) can significantly help to supplement the water usage needs in California. Unfortunately, the majority of solutions that exist now utilize a significant amount of power to extract water from the Ozone. Utilizing waste heat from micro turbines or diesel generators we have the ability to produce water for literally pennies. Our mission is to combat these ongoing problems throughout the world. MultiChill Technologies provides an economical solution for water generation and cooling. If you would like to read more about the current challenges in California and for the farmers please click here: http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2014/05/_10_percent_of_california_s_water_goes_to_almond_farming.html
With interest I read your article on the rotary club and water in the Blade here, in Toledo August 5th. http://toledoblade.typepad.com/ripple-effect/
As an introduction to you, I have recently arrived here from Australia where currently 80% of the state Queensland is under drought, so I am one who is well aware of the water issues in Australia. The Queensland farmers have the highest self-harm death rate in the world for a farming group. It’s a big issue and not just for Australia. With my colleagues, we will be starting to manufacture here in Toledo, our technology which “manufactures water from the atmosphere” for free while providing free air conditioning. I have pursued this technology for a decade and our company, leads the world in this field no doubt.
Recently, I spoke at the World Bank in DC on the water situation in India, and how we could help in Air Conditioning (free) the 400,000 telecoms they have , while making water (free) for the locals. On a regular basis I am inundated with enquiries from all quarters, including California on this huge water issue. No water equals no food…. simple as that.
To be clear there are many people who have claims to making water from the air and these claims are murky and economical with the truth. You may be interested in this link from FOX TV in California. . Water from thin air? I couldn’t help myself and this was part of my letter to the poor interviewer……..” The statements made in the interview, are so impossible that he can “fill a reservoir” or “the aqueduct” or “make a million gallons a day”…… it’s just not possible and certainly not with that technology. There is only one person who can do that…and he is upstairs…..GOD.
As I said earlier, here in Toledo we have set up a new company MultiChill Technologies Inc, a JV with some of your citizens, to manufacture the components needed to perform this sort of technology. We don’t change the laws of physics….. but we do bend them. The problem with making water is it’s simply a cheap commodity, and we all have just accepted it’s there, but to make it has been expensive and unreliable or simply not commercially viable. More people equals more food equals more water. By 2050 there will be another 100 million people in the USA according to current trends.
California has had a real wakeup call with the drought but a long way to go yet. A town in the outback of Australia has an evacuation plan…for when they run out of drinking water ! and this is in a developed country.
If you would like to discuss further the dire need for something to help with the water problems of the world, please feel free to contact me personally. I would be delighted to expound on the Rotarians theme.
My Best Regards,
Walter Wallie Ivison
As we continue to pollute our waters, less fresh water is becoming available for us to drink. More rivers, lakes, and underground aquifers are drying up as the years pass. As bodies of water around the world continue to dry up, we’re seeing more drought conditions spread. There are dust storms in places which have never experienced them until now. As time flows, the amount of agricultural land shrinks, and deserts are growing.
Here are some of the signs of an upcoming global water crisis and some links you may be interested in reading.
#1 It is being projected that by the year 2030, global demand for water will be 40 percent higher than it is today.
#2 Worldwide demand for fresh water tripled during the last century, and is now doubling every 21 years.
#3 According to USAID, one-third of the population of the earth will be facing severe or chronic water shortages by the year 2025.
#4 Of the 60 million people added to the world’s cities every year, the vast majority of them live in impoverished areas that have no sanitation facilities whatsoever.
#5 It is estimated that 75 percent of the surface water in India is now contaminated by human and agricultural waste.
#6 If you can believe it, according to a UN study on sanitation, far more people in India have access to a cell phone than to a toilet.
#7 In the developing world, 90 percent of all wastewater is discharged completely untreated into local rivers, streams or lakes.
#8 Every 8 seconds, somewhere in the world a child dies from drinking dirty water.
#9 Due to a lack of water, Saudi Arabia has given up on trying to grow wheat and will be 100 percent dependent on wheat imports by the year 2016.
#10 In northern China, the water table is dropping one meter every single year because of drought and over-pumping.
#11 Incredibly, a new desert the size of Rhode Island is created in China every single year because of drought and over-pumping.
#12 In China, 80 percent of all major rivers have become so horribly polluted that they do not support any aquatic life at all at this point.
#13 Collectively, the women of South Africa walk the equivalent of the distance to the moon and back 16 times a day just to get water.