Phil Pauley

Solar Cucumber Harvests Fresh Drinking Water From the Ocean

by , 11/08/11

solar cucumber, phil pauley, solar power, water desalination, green design, water issues, sustainable design, water purification, multiple-effect humidification, solar power, social design

The ‘Solar Cucumber‘ is an innovative desalination plant design with the potential to help water-starved communities in coastal environments. The solar-powered desalination unit turns seawater to drinkable freshwater at source, rather than miles away from the scene of a shortage. The mini bus unit uses multiple-effect humidification to evaporate and condense seawater while removing its salt content. Multiple-effect humidification replicates the normal environmental water cycle. In the case of the Solar Cucumber, it uses solar power and reverse osmosis to separate water from other substances, including salt. The system uses advanced non-stick-style materials to reduce maintenance and create an effectively self-cleaning system that produces fresh water and sea salt at source while reducing the need for costly and impractical transportation of water. In permanent off-shore installations, the Solar Cucumber’s anchor system would form part of an artificial reef encouraging the growth of local marine habitats and biodiversity.

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3 Comments

  1. imran2020 May 18, 2013 at 12:34 am

    hi guys, can anyone tell me more about this thing, what is the capacity of delivering fresh water per day and what about the collected salt, does it has any pumping facility and is there any maintenance charges??

  2. GBMAXX November 13, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Great article. A simple solution to an old age problem. Excellent design in simplicity. Thank you.

  3. caeman November 9, 2011 at 9:45 am

    This is great way to do an old idea. But, having the units at sea would seem to make the eventual maintenance that all equipment needs more difficult.

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