KU students present an innovative solution to meet the challenges of seawater desalination

August 19, 2020

Sustainable mechanical pressure converter for water desalination that has been designed and fabricated in KU was presented as a promising sustainable desalination system at 2018 Global Grad Show in Dubai Design Week.

Eighty percent of the water consumed in the UAE is generated by water desalination facilities. The current seawater desalination technologies are both expensive and energy intensive. The sustainable mechanical pressure converter developed by the KU students provides an innovative and sustainable alternative for seawater desalination. The mechanical pressure converter reduces the need for power or fossil fuels by utilizing a hydraulic device that transforms wind energy into the pressure required by membrane desalination to generate fresh water. The project was well-aligned with UAE’s long term goals related to water scarcity, energy consumption and sustainability in the country.