Scalable Clean Water- Vapor-Compression Desalination
The project will focus on assessing water demand and its supply in various regions of Texas. We will employ Advanced Vapor-Compression Desalination (VCD), a technology that has been developed through AggiE Challenge for the past three years. In coastal regions, Advanced VCD will desalinate seawater directly. In inland regions, Advanced VCD will concentrate brine from an RO plant, which will increase water recovery and reduce disposal costs by a factor of 4.
Issues Involved or Addressed
With increasing population, Texas will face increasing water demand. Considering the unpredictable nature of precipitation, it is necessary to equip with reliable water sources such as desalination. Advanced VCD technology is economical and can be incorporated in future plans of water distribution.