Living in a city like Buffalo and surrounded by clean water, it is hard to imagine that there are so many people on the planet who do not have access to seemingly natural resources.
It is also difficult to imagine that 70% of the world is covered by water, drinking water (drinking) is considered a luxury. Due to salinity in the oceans, pollution, proximity, and countless other reasons, access to clean water is a problem for so many people.
“By 2025, an estimated 1.8 billion people will live in water-scarce areas, and two-thirds of the world’s population will live in water-stressed areas as a result of use, development and climate change. ” – National Geographic
Here are a few reasons why researchers at the University of Buffalo are in the process of developing a planetary a water filter that works with sunlight – still solar, which will one day bring life-giving results to remote communities desperate for relief.
The project is called a startup Clean solar water – headed by Qiaoqiang Gan, PhD, Professor of Electrical Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences UB – Encouraged thanks $ 1.4 million in federal funding from the U.S. Army Engineering Research and Development Laboratory at the Cold War Laboratory and Laboratory.
“Water scarcity is a global problem,” Gan says. “Communities face higher and higher pressure to get clean water, especially drinking water, due to pollution and many other environmental concerns. Thus, we are developing a technology that uses solar energy to purify water. This can be especially valuable for water production during a crisis or in a harsh environment where resources and infrastructure are limited. ”
An efficient solar panel built for planting on top of a reservoir will have the ability to heat and evaporate water to a place where the excrement is left behind. After cooling the steam, drinking water results. Although this process seems relatively easy, there is a reason that the old concept is so difficult to apply. Apart from being very complicated, access is another issue due to high energy consumption and transportation problems.
“Access to clean water is something we often consider a normal thing, but its value cannot be underestimated,” said Congressman Brian Higgins. “This federal award invests in exciting local research and development that works to bring clean energy to clean water. We commend the UB team for being a leader in this innovative project. “
The UB recently news release by Charlotte Hsu noted that the Gun and Sunny Clean Water teams have previously received support from Launch NY, Columbia Technology Ventures and NEXUS-NY, which are backed by the NYSERDA (State Energy Authority); the Small Business Innovation Research Program of the National Science Foundation; UB Technology Transfer team; and the I-Corps NSF Website Program, coordinated by UB Business partnership and entrepreneurs management.
* The co-founders of Fresh Solar Water are Gan; Zongmin Bay, Ph.D., Senior Research Support Specialist and Additional Instructor, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; and Zongfu Yu, Ph.D., Jack St. Clair Kilby, associate professor of electrical and computer science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Leading image (from left to right): Qiaoqiang Gan, UB professor and Haomin Song, PhD graduate of UB electrical engineering, laboratory materials. Both are also members of the Solar Clean Water Team. The photo was taken before the pandemic. Credit: Douglas Liver / University in Buffalo