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Apr 29, 2022

From seawater to drinking water, with the push of a button

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, particle physics, solar power, sustainability

MIT researchers have developed a portable desalination unit, weighing less than 10 kilograms, that can remove particles and salts to generate drinking water.

The suitcase-sized device, which requires less power to operate than a cell phone charger, can also be driven by a small, portable solar panel, which can be purchased online for around $50. It automatically generates drinking that exceeds World Health Organization quality standards. The technology is packaged into a user-friendly device that runs with the push of one button.

Unlike other portable desalination units that require water to pass through filters, this device utilizes to remove particles from drinking water. Eliminating the need for replacement filters greatly reduces the long-term maintenance requirements.

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