Yuka Yoneda

The SeaKettle is a Raft + Water Purifier That Could Save Your Life

by , 08/12/10

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We all know that sharks are scary, but if you’re stranded at sea, dying of dehydration is an even more likely threat. Enter the SeaKettle, an ingenious design selected as a finalist in the Dyson Awards, which combines a liferaft with a desalination system in a way that made us exclaim, “Why didn’t we think of this?” Not only is the SeaKettle a solution that address two issues in one product, it could also very well save your life!


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The SeaKettle’s water purification process involves pumping water from the ocean up to a Gortex-covered reservoir, where it evaporates and subsequently hits the top canopy to condense, filling up four pockets on the raft with potable water. Since the cover over the reservoir allows vapor molecules to escape while retaining larger liquid molecules, the pockets of fresh water can’t be contaminated by the sea water. The whole process produces enough water for up to five passengers to stay hydrated.

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  1. Academy of Art University December 13, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Thank you for sharing this great article about the SeaKettle, which is a project of an Academy of Art alum. We are very proud of Kim and all the hard work and innovation she has put into this life-saving design. More information about her project can be found at http://www.academyart.edu/news/articles/kim-hoffman-industrial-design-grad-named-finalist-james-dyson-award.html. It would mean a lot to us if you could post a link to the news article, which also describes some of her achievements as a student at the academy.

  2. alinia August 13, 2010 at 11:54 am

    That is really brilliant. Are there any differences in shelf life of this raft versus a regular rubber life raft?

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