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Water Shortage Problem Solved With Solar Power? MIT Makes Salt Water Drinkable

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Of course, this is not available yet, but could be the answer to the world's water shortages in the future. Let's hope they don't take ten years to perfect it. Ten years seems to be the time frame given for most things that benefit mankind. 

 

Medical Daily

Water is necessary for all forms of life, but although 71 percent of the Earth is covered by water, the majority of it is salty and inconsumable. A team of MIT engineers believe they may have found the answer to the world’s water crisis with a design they claim can harnass the power of the sun to make salt water drinkable.

Desalination, or removing salt from water, is already a popular practice in areas prone to droughts. Unfortunately, the process is expensive and wasteful — two components that make it ineffective for third world countries, Popular Science reported.

In order to help address the problem, USAID, the U.S. Agency for International Development, set up a competition to find the most cost-effective and enviromental desalination process for developing countries. Amos Winter, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at MIT, and Natasha Wright, a doctoral student, emerged as the winners with their solar-run electrodialysis method.

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