Sorry, Shatner: MIT water project wins award, becomes viable option for world’s water woes

William Shatner made huge headlines with his scheme to construct a pipeline from Seattle to California to unravel the state’s water scarcity.

Let’s simply say we’re glad that actual scientists are working on the world’s water issues.

As Widespread Science reports, a bunch of researchers from MIT’s World Engineering and Analysis Lab and Jain Irrigation Techniques of India have won the $140,000 Desal Prize, a contest run by a number of world businesses together with the USAID, to see “who may create an reasonably priced desalination answer for creating international locations.”

The MIT/Jain group’s solution makes use of photo voltaic panels to cost batteries, which then energy a system that removes salt by electrodialysis, or a charging system that attracts salt out of the water since salt has a “slight electrical cost.” UV mild additionally was used to disinfect water because it handed by the system, Widespread Science reviews, making ingesting water as properly.

Because the Boston Globe reported final week, the MIT researchers examined their system within the New Mexico desert, the place they efficiently desalted 2,100 gallons for irrigation. Their hope is that the mannequin will turn out to be an “cheap system to supply clear water to rural communities throughout the creating world.”

The winners at the moment are eligible for as much as $400,000 in federal grants, in accordance with the Globe, to check their methods in a real-world setting. After all, that is solely an answer for small areas as of now, but when scientists can discover a solution to construct bigger, extra economically sound desalination crops, it would bode properly for water-starved areas, like California.

Perhaps Captain Kirk ought to give his $30 billion, if he will get it, to scientists as an alternative of politicians? Only a thought.

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