Currently, salt is removed from water using expensive and power-hungry desalination plants, of which there are 18,000 in 150 countries. This essentially boils salt water, with the steam then being captured and condensed to produce water. A huge amount of heat is needed to boil the water, though – half the cost of a plant comes from the energy requirements."
"This off-grid technology is capable of providing sufficient clean water for family use in a compact footprint, and it can be scaled up to provide water for larger communities."
Desalination, the act of removing salt from water, is a highly expensive and energy heavy process. The Center for Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT) at Rice University in Texas have created a proof of concept using solar panels to heat water and conduct the desalination process. Utilizing this form of renewable energy might just help solve one of the world's largest looming issues of access to fresh water. Not just in landlocked states in the U.S., but also countries Africa and the Middle East who are suffering from increased droughts caused in part by global warming/climate change. The act of water purification might just help to save millions, if not, billions of human lives, animals, and crops around the world
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