Water-Energy Nexus – The Cool Water

This is a fascinating article on how few engineers from MIT have developed an innovative approach for generating fresh drinking water from the cooling water lost from power plants.  The process considers zapping water with electrically charged particles, ions, and producing water usable for drinking purposes.  The implications of this study for treating seawater and also producing drinking water from not-so-potable sources of water is limitless.

What is amazing is that the approach was developed by a Ph.D. student, Maher Damak, and an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Kripa Varanasi, as part of their startup company called Infinite Cooling and part of Damak’s thesis.  Not too shabby for a Ph.D. dissertation, there.  The research was supported in part by the Tata Center for Technology and Design.

Published by letschatwater

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