Rivers of Fresh water using Desalination on Solar Power
- drainage water
- saline groundwater
- industrial process water
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California is drying. One of the problems is that groundwater is filled with salt, toxins and heavy metals, making it useless for irrigation. Traditional water desalination plants use a lot of energy. The use of solar energy to power desalination plants, is now seen as a challenge, both technically and economically.
San Francisco-based start-up WaterFX has come up with a solution that uses solar power heat to turn salty water into freshwater, and is sure to help the region’s water-pinched farmers.
30 times more efficient
This modular system can evaporate and distill water at 30 times the efficiency of natural evaporation. Unlike simple stills, the Aqua4™ CSS uses advanced absorption technology to dramatically increase production.
- A single Aqua4™ module generates 65,000 gallons of freshwater per day. That’s 70 acre-feet per year!
- The remaining brine is concentrated into solid byproducts for resale
A 400 KW solar thermal trough is used to maximize the collection of solar energy used to generate heat. The system is modular and movable – the equipment is delivered in modules and mounted on skids so installation is easy and equipment can be moved depending on water treatment needs.
- 90% less fuel consumption and electricity
- Evaporation is an extremely robust treatment process that separates freshwater from almost any source. This fresh drinking water can be filtered out of any kind of water chemistry
- The system can be situated almost anywhere and does not require compromising valuable land
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