3D-Printed Water Purification System Uses Solar Disinfection

Published by , July 14, 2017 11:57 am

(3DPrint.com) Emma Emanuelsson, a chemical engineer at the University of Bath, has designed a water purification device that she’s currently developing using 3D printing. The device, made from black plastic, contains multiple channels that run across its surface. Water runs through those channels and heats up in the sun, killing pathogens. Emanuelsson envisions a system in which water trickles from a bucket into the black plastic device, then flows into a second bucket once it’s been purified by heat. The design was inspired by the Solar Disinfection, or SODIS, bottle, which collects water and holds it while the sun heats it to a safe temperature.
“My key motivating factor as an academic has always been just being able to make an impact on people’s everyday life,” said Emanuelsson. “All of a sudden, the UK Research Council launched the Global Challenges Research Fund, taking some of the aid budget and directing it into research that will benefit third world countries. All of a sudden, my pet hobby project, which I thought would never be funded, suddenly became fundable!”

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