Scientists have developed a new water desalination system Wave2O. According to a press release from the European Commission, the new system’s daily water production could cover the water needs of 40,000 people.
Water scarcity is a global problem that affects two thirds of the people on earth who do not have access to clean water for at least 30 days a year. Scientists estimate that by 2025, half of the world’s population can live in water-stressed areas.
The very idea of â€‹â€‹desalination has been around for almost 50 years and seems like a promising solution in the long term. However, conventional desalination methods are expensive, especially in terms of energy consumption.
To solve the problem, researchers from the EU-funded H2020 W2O project have developed an autonomous desalination system that runs on renewable energy sources such as wave energy.
Wave2O can be installed very quickly, it works completely autonomously and produces a large amount of fresh water at a low cost. The new system is the world’s first wave-driven desalination system that does not require electricity. It uses a wave energy converter.
The team is currently testing the launch of the Wave2O small-scale model at test sites in the United States. In the near future, the company will begin an ocean project for operations in the Canary Islands.