The winner of this year’s MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition is: Commercialization of new desalination technology. MIT News Report: Nona Desalination says it has developed a device that can produce enough drinking water for 10 people at one-tenth the cost and half the cost of other desalination devices. The device is roughly the size and weight of a box of bottled water and is powered by tiny solar panels. Traditional approaches to water desalination rely on a power-intensive process called reverse osmosis. On the other hand, Nona uses an electric current developed at the MIT Electronics Lab to remove salt and bacteria from seawater.
“We can do all of this at ultra-low pressure, so we don’t need a high-pressure pump. [used in reverse osmosis]”Our devices consume less power than cell phone chargers because they don’t require a lot of electricity,” said Crawford, who co-founded the company with MIT researcher Jeong-hyo Yoon. Prototypes that produce clean drinking water Nona will use the prize money to build more prototypes and give them to early customers. After the company sells the first unit to its crew, it plans to move it to an emergency preparedness space in the United States, with an estimated price of $5. From there, it hopes to expand globally to help with disaster relief, and the technology could also be used for hydrogen production, oil and gas separation, and more.
Solar Powered Desalination Unit Wins MIT $100,000 Competition
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