MIT engineers designed a new procedure that provides a low-cost source of drinking water for parched cities all over the globe which eventually reduces the cost of operating agencies.
Approximately 39 percent of all freshwater taken from rivers, lakes, and reservoirs in the U.S. is purified and further processed in electric power plants that use fossil fuels or nuclear power. But the new MIT system could potentially save a substantial fraction of the lost water and similarly deploys purity than the one that exists previously.
The design behind the new concept is deceptively simple where the fog is zapped with a beam of electrically charged particles known as ions and water droplets become electrically charged and forced to travel towards a mesh of wires as that of window screen, placed in their path, by that the filtration occurs and the water that can be reused can be collected in a pan where the result occurs as a fraction of droplets captured.
The team also mentioned that they are currently building a full-scale test version of their system and that will be placed on the cooling tower of MIT’s Central Utility Plant, a natural gas generation plant that contributes a greater percentage of the campus electricity, heating, and cooling. They hope to install the system by the end of May 2019 after conducting a queue of tests and improvise the mechanism a lot more. The tests will also include trying different varieties of the mesh and its structure supporting them.
They also specified that particular shreds of evidence should be submitted to the concerned authorities who tend to be conservative in their technical choices to adopt the system because power plants have greater lifespan nearly for about a decade. The campus power plant tests will not only improvises the technology but will also help the MIT campus improve its water facilities that have a high impact on water use on campus.”