Researchers at the University of Texas have invented a battery-powered device that removes salt from seawater through a cheaper and more energy-efficient process than current methods.
But so far researchers have removed salt from very small amounts of water and haven’t removed enough salt to make potable water. Still, Okeanos Technologies, the company sponsoring the research, hopes to develop a large-scale version that could be used to provide water for drinking and for irrigating crops.
The story you're reading is premium content from the Austin American-Statesman. Subscribers get total access to all our in-depth news, digital editions and exclusive premium content. You can now also buy a 24-hour digital pass or 7-day digital pass.
For Subscribers: Sign in here if you have already registered your account.Sign In
For Subscribers: Register your account for digital access.Access Digital
Read MyStatesman.com now — 24-hour digital pass99¢ for 24-hours
Read MyStatesman.com all week — 7-day digital pass$3.99 for 7-days
Subscribe to the Statesman for as little as 33¢ per dayView Offers