Water Desalination: Designing a Seawater Purification System Public
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The goal of our project was to design, prototype, and test a portable water desalination unit capable of producing drinkable water in emergency situations. The team elected to use a boiler-condenser system with a thermoelectric dehumidifying unit. This system is unlike others on the market because it is able to produce a higher volume of water using any source, and is personal sized and portable. Testing of the system resulted in the conversion of 1,000 mL at 35 ppm salt water to an average of 820 mL of drinkable water in 40 minutes. The team envisions the system to be powered by a portable source such as solar or battery.
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