Hydrophobic plasma surface treatment: stainless steel is put through a plasma surface modification process so that no waterborne chemicals can react or adhere to machinery surfaces and no micro-organisms can adhere to machinery surfaces. An autonomous desalination pilot plant was built from such materials and independently, successfully field tested at MEDRC with power coming from the SolarTx concentrated solar power modules.
The patented H2OTx water and salt separation system is revolutionary as it requires ultra low energy to separate the water from the salt. The system uses an ultra efficient heat exchanger to vacuum distil the seawater giving industrially pure H2OTx with super saturated brine that can be further dried using SolarTx thermal energy (heat) and the GeTx drier shown later.
Uniquely no chemicals need to be added to the input pipes to kill marine micro organism growth or to prevent scaling, so the salt and water produced is pure.
No toxic brine is ejected into the sea, no green house gases are produced and the salt can be resold to cover the costs of the water processing.
This system can be powered by the SolarTx, KineTx or ZCGPTx technologies. The system can be produced in 2m3 or 5m3/day modules to enable individual houses to have fresh water, or linked to provide communities or conurbations with water and salt.
MIT are being funded over the next 5 years by the EU FB7 program to develop a solar powered desalination system, that even if they did succeed in reinventing the H2OTx “wheel” would then infringe the H2OTx patents. Discussions have been held with the Cyprus Institute suggesting that the H2oTx system could be developed in partnership with them.
The system having completed successful field trails is ready to go into production (possibly in Cornwall). There is substantial EU based funding for these H2OTx plants through the EU carbon reduction substitution funding schemes.
In addition there are two separate “radical” systems under development in proof of concept stage.