Scientists develop solar water purifiers for India

Feb 06, 2017, 6:57 AM EST
(Source: McKay Savage/flickr)
(Source: McKay Savage/flickr)

The researchers at the University of Edinburgh have developed a solar-powered water purifier, which they believe might be a potent solution for decontaminating polluted water in India’s rural areas, where 70 percent of the country’s population dwells. According to U.N.I.C.E.F., millions of people, including 600,000 children, die in India every year owing to lack of clean, drinking water.

Neil Robertson, professor of chemistry, and his team have improved the existing solar photocatalysis systems, redesigning them to absorb a greater amount of sunlight, which eventually betters purification efficiency, notes Seeker.

The technology needs no power source so the systems can be easily deployed off the grid, writes Phys.Org. As part of a five-month pilot project, the team is collaborating with Indian partners to incorporate the technology in rural zones in the country.