Solar Window for Water Collection and Purification

Yale University, New Haven, CT

Yale University, New Haven, CT team photo
This project addresses strategic water and energy management techniques for the built environment through investigating the integration of novel enhanced Solar Water Disinfection (SODIS) techniques into a building envelope assembly, towards increasing the viability of on-site renewable energy-based water recuperation.

The team comprises of Yale Center for Ecosystems in Architecture, and Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering collaborators: Anna Dyson (PI), Jaehong Kim (Co-PI), Mandi Pretorius (student team leader), and Inhyeong Jeon, with advising from Eric Ryberg, Nick Novelli and Xuanhao Wu (Post-doctoral Associates).

Poster (click to open a full size image): 
Solar Window for Water Collection and Purification poster

This project addresses strategic water and energy management techniques for the built environment through investigating the integration of novel enhanced Solar Water Disinfection (SODIS) techniques into a building envelope assembly, towards increasing the viability of on-site renewable energy-based water recuperation. For this project, a novel solar-driven water disinfection process (SODIS), that has been developed by team members, will be integrated into an advanced window typology for solar water disinfection, daylighting and heat remediation (Dyson et al., 2012; Novelli et al., 2021). We are investigating the integration of solar concentration to enhance SODIS technologies, such as photocatalysis, photothermal pasteurization and photosensitization, for distributed application within building envelopes. We hypothesize that the integration of optical components into a building envelope module could enhance the effectiveness of point-of-use water treatment strategies.