Harnessing The Sun To Purify Concentrated Waste Streams
A team of engineers and scientists is developing a solar-powered desalination system to recover water from concentrated waste streams with maximum efficiency. The team is conducting research using the Optical Sciences Center solar testbed. They are also collaborating with the nearby Water and Energy Sustainable Technology Center, or WEST Center, which houses a reverse osmosis system overseen by Dr. Andrea Achilli, assistant professor of chemical and environmental engineering and BIO5 member. The project reflects the university's recent designation as No. 1 in the U.S. and No. 2 globally in the area of water resources in the 2020 Academic Ranking of World Universities.