29 Sep '17, 5pm

US Energy Department Offers Funding for Solar Desalination Research

US Energy Department Offers Funding for Solar Desalination Research

Desalination treats seawater, brackish water, and contaminated water for use in municipal and industrial water supplies, or to reclaim contaminated water. The Solar Energy Technologies Office expects to provide funds for 7 to 10 projects which explore early-stage technologies aimed at reducing the cost of desalination through solar thermal energy. "By integrating solar technology with desalination, we can dramatically lower the cost of creating clean water," said Charlie Gay, Solar Energy Technologies Office director. "Solar desalination can not only be used in creating freshwater from saltwater, but also to clean wastewater from industrial processes." Electricity costs account for up to half of the operating expenses for desalination operations and require plants to be grid-connected. Solar power, either in the form of electricity or thermal power, has the potential to dr...

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