BS in Industrial Technology
An estimated 3.4 million people die each year from unsanitary water or inaccessible water supply. Most of these deaths take place in the developing, third world (99%). There is a dilemma arising on the world stage as well. The water demand/supply deficit is expected to increase significantly over the next 37 years if preemptive action isn’t taken. 97% of the world water supply is oceanic, making it an attractive solution to the water deficit. Providing autonomous, “deploy and watch” systems for utilizing sustainable energy to provide purified water for unitized low pricing has the potential to penetrate a large world market, both in the humanitarian sector and in the private sector. In order to understand the science of purification and desalination specifically, it is imperative to understand the technologies and science behind distillation and other desalination methods. This project utilizes Multistage Flash Distillation and Multiple-Effect Distillation to desalinate water on a modular level. The average adult needs approximately 3 liters of water per day to survive; this project aims to validate that a unitized zero emissions product could produce enough water for a single family of four to survive off of. Results in testing prove that the concept is valid and could be productized with further development.