Sustainable freshwater production using passive membrane distillation and waste heat recovery from portable generator sets

A new paper about sustainable freshwater production has been recently published by a group of Italian researchers led by Matteo Morciano, from the Politecnico di Milano. The paper is published in the journal Applied Energy, available online. The paper explains a new device to distillate drinking water using waste heat from power generators. 

The working principle is based on a thermally driven membrane distillation device. greenTEG’s gSKIN XP heat flux sensors were used to measure the recovered thermal power. The proposed device represents a sustainable, robust, and low-cost strategy for freshwater production in off-grid and impoverished areas, where emergency power generators may be available, but not big desalinization plants. 

We are really glad that our sensors have been used in this project, whose aim is to improve the lives of millions of people. We would like to congratulate the authors for the achievement, and we wish them all the best for this endeavour.

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