A few months ago, a team of researchers from the University of Warwick’s School of Engineering published a paper in Nature describing the discovery of a new type of water-purifying membrane, a water-saver that’s actually much more efficient than the previous one.
It works by using water as an insulator, preventing it from absorbing too much energy from the atmosphere.
In theory, this means it could work better at keeping water safe from harmful chemicals, like radon gas, than it would at preventing it, like it does in the real world.
And it could be even more efficient at removing the CO2 emissions produced by coal-burning power plants.
A water-paver, or ‘water purifier’, is made of silicon, carbon dioxide, hydrogen and magnesium, which is cooled to -196 °C (minus 7 °C).
When this material is combined with a liquid, like water, it turns into steam.
Water is then pumped from the boiler and into the filter, which extracts CO2 from it, which it then purifies.
When it’s done, the water is returned to the boiler to cool off again.
As it’s cooling, it condenses the carbon dioxide into a thin layer that can be heated by air.
This layer then cools the remaining steam and turns it into electricity.
This method could be used to produce electricity for electricity-generating plants, as well as for water purifying plants.
“In a similar way to the carbon capture and storage technology [which uses carbon dioxide to capture carbon dioxide emissions], a water purification technology could potentially reduce the amount of CO2 that would be emitted into the atmosphere, which would help to address climate change,” the researchers said in a press release.
But unlike carbon capture, water purifications don’t require the burning of fossil fuels.
They are also cheaper to build and operate than a coal-fired plant, so there’s no environmental impact.
The team also said that their membrane works at room temperature, so it could also be used in smaller homes or offices.
“It is possible to achieve water purifiying at room temperatures by using a membrane with a porous ceramic substrate, which has high mechanical strength and low permeability,” the team said.
“The porous ceramic material has been shown to be efficient at reducing CO2 in water when it is subjected to an electric field and low temperature for a prolonged period.”
A new type A water purifyer was also tested at the National Institute for Water and Energy (NIIE) in Cambridge, UK, which showed that it was efficient at eliminating CO2.
It also turned out that the material was safe to use as a source of water for drinking, as long as the water was kept at a proper temperature.
Water purifiers are still being developed and improved, but one thing’s for sure: if they can reduce CO2, they will do it for less money.
“Water purification is currently used for drinking water as a disinfectant, but this is not a feasible and cost-effective technology to use for drinking,” NIIE chief executive David Trew said.