Desalinated seawater is becoming an increasingly important source of drinking water due to dwindling clean water sources, population increases and climate change. Desalination, which is the process of removing salt from water to make it potable, is still an energy intensive process based on current technology. We have developed a desalination system based on the principles of membrane distillation that is energetically more efficient and can also be used for water purification and product concentration applications in the industry. At the heart of the developed system are proprietary membranes and a proprietary process that allow for production capacities that are 2-3 times higher than conventional membrane distillation systems. In addition, the water quality coming out of the system is consistently below 200 parts per million of total dissolved solids. The system has been developed to be used with solar energy for applications in locations where both water and electricity are unavailable. The system can also be adapted to tap on waste heat from industries and power plants.
This technology is applicable in the following industries:
Desalination & Water
The desalination market currently estimated to be worth US$9 billion is expected to double by 2016 alone. In terms of water sustainability for industries, this technology addresses both the pollution issue as well as resource recovery issue allowing for both concentration of precious resources as well as recovery of water in a single process where applicable.