Small-scale desalination approach to a big water problem
Sung Jae Kim (1), Choong Huei Seow (2,3) Jongyoon Han (1,2,4)
1-Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
2-Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) Centre, Singapore
3-Collexius Associates Pte Ltd, Singapore
4-Department of Biological Engineering, MIT, USA
The authors have started to build a prototype device in the laboratory in order to demonstrate the necessary scale-up of this technology. If developed, this type of portable, self-powered desalination system would find many important applications such as for disaster relief, military use, shipboard units and regional water purification in developing countries.
This article first appeared in the August/September 2010 issue of Desalination & Water Reuse magazine.