is a water preservation system
CONCEPT DESIGN [ 2012 ]
Concept and design development.
Top 5 award / Innovationskraftwerk Deutschland
and Bayer MaterialScience
"Help To Avoid Desertification".
In Greek mythology, Orpheus travels to the underworld to try to bring his wife Eurydice back.
He fails and Eurydice is kept
in the underworld forever.
Orpheus is a very simple water preserving system that stores water in solid state for long periods of time and gradually measures it out to hydrate the soil and plants. It is formed by two main components: polymer pellets (potassium polyacrylate) and a geotextile container.
The system is formed by modules that contain a small amount of pellets, which are evenly distributed when hydrated, thanks to their extremely slippery conditions when wet.
The geotextile container will protect the active components from UV rays, tilling and direct mixture with the soil, making it more long lasting and keeping any residues from reaching the earth. It can be transported dry - to use the minimum possible volume – to the nearest water source, hydrated and then taken to the land where it will work. The dosage renewal can be safely achieved with the granule dispenser, and only every 7 to 10 years.
The whole system would be placed strategically in the ground where plants will be grown, keeping the roots constantly hydrated and avoiding water stress. This results in the plants’ accelerated growth and increments the production up to five times. It can save from 50% to 90% of the necessary water to keep a crop. It reduces loss of water by evaporation and direct filtration to the terrain. Rain re-hydrates the granules; in long drought periods, it will be necessary to water artificially, although in more spaced intervals and with less amount of water. The system keeps the water near the roots of the plants for an optimal absorption.