This little story caught my eye when my brother in law posted it to facebook. Apparently, the tech is a few years old but just last year it was "presented to the world" as it were. See the following for details.
Of course, cheap energy from water of any quality - that also produces storable chemical energy as well as fresh water - would be a boon. Let's start buildin' em!
The Green Gap
In the Cold War, we feared a Missile Gap was a strategic weakness. Nowadays, we must awaken to the fact that the Green Gap is true strategic weakness: the nations whose economies will thrive in the coming years will not be those with the biggest factories, but those with the most sustainable, efficient, and ecological markets. What we require is a Strategic "Green Reserve" of ecological design to weather the coming changes that both climate and resource scarcity will force on the international economy.