With mandatory water restriction recently ordered for the first time in California, an MIT team has come up with an award-winning, cost-effective and environmentally-friendly method of turning salt water into drinking water using sustainable solar power.
The team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has invented a system that works by using solar panels to charge a large bank of batteries. These power an electrodialysis machine and remove salt from the water, making it drinkable.
According to the Securing Water for Food agency, between 2000 and 2050 water demand is expected to increase 55 percent globally, meaning the number of people affected by water scarcity will continue to grow. By 2025, two-thirds of the world’s population could be living in severe water stress conditions.