Calgary Firm Creates Mobile Desalination Water System

Posted by Alan Zunec on Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 at 8:36am.

If you asked yourself what the most desirable commodity on the planet would be, what would be your answer? Consider the basics of supply, and demand, in your answer. If you came up with that life-giving substance known as water, you are correct. Humans are made up of roughly 61.8 percent water. Without this substance, well, the species has a problem.

A Calgary couple, the Ramgopals, have figured out the answer to this question and are offering a solution. They have come up with a desalination system for water that is mobile, enabling countries from around the world to get water into the most hard to reach areas. In Canada, where water is so abundant, it is sometimes forgotten that some parts of the planet are not as fortunate.

The Middle East is one of those places. Largely desert, water is essential yet hard to come by sometimes. In places like Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, there is no fresh water and they are already using desalinisation to make potable water. This is the process that takes out minerals and salts from seawater. The technology has been around for quite some time and in the Middle East huge plants dot the countryside.

The difference in Ramgopal’s system is its portability. It can be deployed and set up almost anywhere to create fresh water when needed, such as during a shortage. Trilogy Environmental Systems, their company, entered into a partnership with SAIT in late 2010. The institution, a post-secondary entity, donated $25,000 towards the development of the project and students and staff assisted in the design and testing of the system.

Fast forward to mid-2012 and the system’s prototype is good to go. Called the “Trilogy Hybrid Water Desalination System,” the device sits inside a 15 metre cargo container and can convert seawater into drinkable water in under 30 minutes. It is capable of producing as much as four million litres of water each day. Not only does it take out the salt, the process also treats and filters the water to get rid of potentially harmful microscopic organisms.

The system could prove invaluable for disaster response and can be put up along any coastline. It can then be moved to supply water to other areas. This is a far less expensive proposition than building several static desalination plants. Ramgopal’s firm will be visiting the Middle East shortly to present his invention to the various governments in the region. Later on they hope to market the idea throughout the Far East and in India.

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