Regions with scarce portable water often rely on desalination to obtain clean water, however, the process is too expensive and high on energy consumption and can’t be used at a mass level. However, a new gadget known as Desolenator may very well be the solution to the aforementioned problems. The mobile gadget is capable of providing clean water by making use of solar energy.
According to the developers behind this wonderful device, Desolenator can provide the minimal cost per liter of purified water when compared with currently active systems of comparable scale. The gadget is a flat screen TV sized device having a top comprised of skewed surface that has been lined with photovoltaic panels. It has been built to survive a total of 20 years while sporting wheels that are suitable for working on all terrains.
The current systems employ the process of reverse osmosis – specialized membranes are incorporated into the systems that can filter the unwanted particles out. However, the Desolenator doesn’t involve any moving part or reverse osmosis. In fact, it is even completely independent power-wise.
CEO and founder of Desolenator, William Janssen talks about his device saying, “What we did is we actually insulated the solar panel, we put double glazing on the top and we put foam all around, so the solar panel would get even hotter.”
Once the temperature of the panels has been increased, a thin film of water is made to run on the surface to collect energy in the form of heat. This water – after it has picked up the heat from surface – gets directed into a separate vessel that has a spiral heater. This spiral heater runs on the electricity that the device generates from photovoltaic panels. The water is boiled and the vapors are collected and distilled to get clean water. According to the team, the device is capable of generating 15 liters of water every day.
The team, as of now, has a functional prototype and is currently raising funds on Indiegogo with a target of $150,000. The funds will be used for designing the final product and initiating mass production. Pledges worth $450 are available and shall allow pledgers to get a Desolenator in October 2015 if everything goes as planned.
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Our research group from Armenia is solving problems of obtaining pure water for drinking, medical and other purposes from saline solutions and sea water. Realized research works were devoted to the investigation of multifunctional heliothermal desalinaters and designing of membrane- distillation solar modules. Desalination processes were carried on the designed and constructed real modules in laboratory and field conditions. The quality of got water is very high so it can be used for medical, drinking and other purposes. In seaside far regions which have hot climate membrane desalinaters can be used in private houses, clinics and in factories with pure water demand. In extreme conditions (on ships, in army, in hospitals, in isolated areas) these desalinaters can be used to satisfy the demand of fresh water. In paralel to the desalination process it is possible to get heated water by means of thermal recuperation for everyday purposes and PV. The equipments are attractive for their constructive simplicity, high productivity and have a large scale of using due to their small sizes.
About research group members and authors:
PhD. Arsen A. Hakobyan – He defended his thesis in Moscow Institute of Chemical Technology named after D.I Mendeleev. Mr. Hakobyan was awarded by Chemical Society named after D.I Mendeleev for his scientific investigations in the field of membrane distillation. He is author more than 30 articles and theses published abroad and 2 monographs,4 PATENT.
PhD. Arusyak R. Hakobyan – State Agrarian University of Armenia- candidate of technical sciences since 1992. She defended her thesis in Moscow Institute of Final Chemical Technology. She is author of more than 20 articles and theses. Mrs. Hakobyan is working at State Agrarian University of Armenia more than 20 years as associated professor,4 PATENT. firstname.lastname@example.org
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We work on problems of using solar energy. We designed a combined solar multi-functional device which can be used for getting drinking water, irrigation water from sea water and electricity. All these processes are carried on one single device. We can get 10 liter water and 1KWt electricity during a sunny day from 1 square meter device surface. This device can be used for remote areas in extreme conditions. We have got patents for this device from Russia and Armenia. Now this device is introduced for getting international patent. We send some figures of the pilot device. We will be glad to cooperate with you successfully.