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MIT’s cheap solar-powered desalination system

28 October 2010

Researchers from MIT’s Field and Space Robotics Laboratory have come up with a cheap desalination system that’s powered by the sun.  It’s so simply designed that even non-techies can assemble it, apparently.  And depending on the scale on which you deploy it, it can produce 1000 gallons of drinkable water for an outlay of around $8,000. 

The primary purpose of this desalination system is disaster relief (the portable version they designed does 80 gallons a day), but I can see it becoming a permanent fixture along 3rd World coasts in particular. 


Here’s hoping it’s going to be as cheap, effective and widespread as it promises to be.

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