Portable Desalination System Using Renewable Energy

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA

The proposed portable desalination system consists of two modules: wave energy converter module and reverse osmosis (RO) desalination module. In order to fit the portable design concept, a two-body self-reactive point-absorber wave energy converter will be developed to capture the wave energy and drive the high-pressure pump. There is one floating buoy and one submerged heave plate which can achieve self-reactive between the two bodies. A RO module will be adapted with an accumulator to stabilize the system pressure under fluctuated wave conditions.

Erin Jones, Jia Mi , Joseph Capper, Jimmy Lane, Kevin Lambert (all students are in Mechanical Engineering)

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The proposed portable desalination system consists of two modules: wave energy converter module and RO desalination module. In order to fit the portable design concept, a two-body self-reactive point-absorber wave energy converter will be developed to capture the wave energy and drive the high-pressure pump. There is one floating buoy and one submerged heave plate which can achieve self-reactive between the two bodies. A RO module will be adapted with an accumulator to stabilize the system pressure under fluctuated wave conditions.