The Titan 200 was designed to meet the needs of the rapidly expanding offshore wind energy
industry both domestically and internationally. It began with the realization that the need to move
WPP’s to deeper waters was forthcoming as a result of the mandates being issued for increased
reliance on renewable energy production. Our design was born from technologies that have been
used in the offshore oilfields since the 1950’s, primarily platform designs and jack-up systems. We
have engineered an offshore wind turbine platform that solves the deepwater dilemma and does so
at a price point that lowers the per MW installed costs for a wind farm development. In designing
the Titan 200, we realized there were applications for the technology beyond the simple production
of electricity. The Titan 200 was designed to not only address the offshore wind energy market but
to offer a solution to a problem that has plagued governments and disaster relief agencies for years.
That problem is the ability to deliver clean drinking water to coastal populations with chronic water
shortages and those recovering from the effects of a natural disaster.
The Titan Platform can be configured to act as a self sufficient, fully operational water producing
plant, serving the long term needs of a large population. A five platform configuration including
four platforms, each powered by a 2MW turbine and housing 36 desalination units, and a fifth
platform acting as a control station, is capable of producing enough water to serve the daily needs of
a population of up to 99,000 people. With ability to generate its own power, the Titan Platform
mitigates the high costs associated with current desalination techniques. Our calculations show
that a simple five platform construct can produce water at a cost of $.0006638 / gal. vs. the $.
0040882/gal. cost associated with conventional desalination methods.
The costs of desalination have always been sensitive to the price of energy because desalination
processes, whether thermal or membrane, are energy intensive. Current methods require about 14
kilowatt-hours of energy to produce 1,000 gallons of desalinated seawater. A typical American uses
80 to 100 gallons of water a day, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The entire country
consumes about 323 billion gallons per day of surface water and another 84.5 billion gallons of
ground water. If half of this water came from desalination, the United States would need more than
100 extra electric power plants, each with a gigawatt of capacity. Depending on local energy prices,
1,000 gallons of desalinated seawater can cost around $3 or $4. Water use has been growing twice as
fast as population growth, causing more and more communities to suffer water shortages. The
demand for freshwater supplies will drive prices higher, making desalination increasingly
A primary concern in delivering water to disaster stricken areas is the availability of power to run
the desalination units. Our design solves that problem. We are by design a wind producing platform
and can affix a small turbine to power the desal units, creating a self contained environment to
produce life saving water. Our calculations show that a relatively small 2MW turbine is sufficient
to power the desalination units, with a small amount of energy to spare. This leaves open the option
of fitting each platform with a larger, up to 5MW, turbine which will produce a large amount of
excess deliverable energy that can be transmitted directly into the local electricity grid. This is an
substantial benefit to the Titan design that is proprietary and patented worldwide.
We have the unique benefit of being completely transportable, unlike other wind producing
platforms. The Titan can be delivered to a coastal region with the desalination units pre-installed
and being fully operational within a matter of days. It can then be picked up and transported to
another site with relative ease, leaving no environmental impact to the area.
We show that the cost savings to provide water to a population of 99,000 exceeds $12 million
annually and the cost of the deployment can be recovered in less than five years (Exhibit IV).
There are numerous factors which make the Titan Wind Turbine Platform superior to all other
foundations for offshore wind turbines in water depths exceeding 50 feet. The overall cost of
installing and operating an offshore wind turbine is the basic consideration. Below we outline the
advantages and benefits of the Titan platform from the offshore wind perspective. These points are
instrumental to the desalination application as well, considering each platform will require a wind
turbine to power the desalination units.
All product produced will be pumped to storage tanks located on the shore, all excess power will be
delivered to substations also located on the shore line, any requirements for shore power due to
lack of wind will be delivered to the platforms via the same transmission cable. All processes for
water production will occur within the Titan platform, including controls and support operations.
U.S. Patents 7,163,355, 7,011,471 - January 2007
• Our design, The Titan 200 has been developed to the point that the technology is accepted as a
good and viable design for this application.
• The US Patent office has issued several patents for the design to date, including a Utility Patent
for which the process of combining the technology of an offshore jackup platform and an offshore
wind turbine for the installation, deployment and operation of offshore wind farms.
• Patent includes 38 accepted and approved patent features including the production of electricity,
fresh water from sea water and hydrogen from the power that the platform produces.
We have been awarded process/utility patents in the United States, the European Union (over 40
countries), China and Singapore and continue to execute on our patent strategy.
Offshore Wind and Water Systems of Texas Inc
a Subsidiary of OWPST LLC
The Titan FWWS platform can be located in any area around a island state, or re-located if
conditions dictate to do so. Water production is all self contained on the platform, pumps and
transfer stations, along with all power requirements are powered by renewable wind sources.
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