This ingenious portable desalination device makes seawater drinkable
Humans have flown to the Moon and may even reach Mars. But providing safe drinking water to everyone remains a challenge. World Health Organization estimates that one in three people in the world still has it easy access with clean water. While desalinate seawater is an obvious solution, the current process is both Dear and harmful to the environment. Now, some Malaysian students may have found a cheaper solution, more durable way to transform sea water into potable water.
Bennie Beh Hue May, Loo Xin Yang, and Yap Chun Yoon from Asia Pacific University of Technology came up with the idea for WaterPod after observing the difficulties of ethnic groups like the Sama-Bajau. The “nomads of the sea” to reside in houses on stilts shallow off the coasts of the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia. While the ocean provides the legendary divers with a lot of food, they often have to barter with nearby communities to get fresh water.
Made from recycled plastic waste, WaterPod is designed to to design up the water from the sea with minimal salt consumption. The salt that remains is filtered through a process of evaporation and condensation in the transparent covered with plastic, dome-shaped container at the top. The water recovered is collected in a storage chamber that can hold 8-10.5 gallons (30.28-39.75 liters). The sustainable, self-cleaning device can work as a individual water unit desalination. However, his modular the design also allows the creation of a network of WaterPods that could provide water to entire communities.
The ingenious device beat 120 nominations to win the National James Dyson Award in Malaysia on August 25, 2021. The team will now compete with 84 finalists worldwide for the 2021 James Dyson International Prize. The annual competition aims to to encourage students to develop unconventional ideas for solving real world problems. The winners, announced by the end of 2021, will receive a cash prize of $ 38,167 and a Additional $ 6,440 for their university. If WaterPod wins, the inventors plan to use the funds to develop the device beyond prototype to organise.
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