One of the new innovations in water purification uses waves to produce fresh water. Using powerful waves from the ocean, the Wave Energy Converter can be channeled to a storage tank for clean water. This system is highly efficient, generating enough fresh water for up to 40,000 people each day. It has several advantages, including the ability to provide clean water to remote areas without sacrificing aesthetics or infrastructure costs.
With an estimated 203 billion cubic meters of potable water per year, the Middle East can become a major market for renewable-powered desalination. A battery-driven system can be distributed among communities, which is especially important in countries with poor infrastructure. Wave2O(tm) has already provided clean water to over 25,000 people in Kenya, so it’s a promising new option for supplying freshwater in remote areas.
Another wave-powered device is WATER BROS. This innovative device uses a rotating, unidirectional wave energy conversion mechanism. It is resilient and affordable, and it uses seawater as a raw material for electrolytic hydrogen and oxygen production. Wave energy is a natural source of energy, but it must be converted to water before it can be used for water desalination.
The price of clean water is another big barrier. Many people simply don’t have the money to purchase expensive water purification systems. Innovative technologies that are affordable and portable are already being developed. One such device was developed by researchers at Stanford University. While this is far from mass production, it could be a first step in the future of water purification. The goal is to make the process easier, cheaper, and more portable.