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A diffusion driven desalination apparatus and related method includes structure for receiving a heated water stream and creating at least one region having a thin film of water and structure for forcing a low humidity air stream over the thin film of water, wherein water from the thin film of water evaporates and diffuses into the air stream to create a humidified air stream. A diffusion tower including at least one plenum can be used to create and transfer the humidified air stream. At least one condenser, such as a direct contact condenser, condenses the humidified air stream, wherein purified water is produced. Waste heat from a power plant can be used to provide the heated water stream and power plants can use the waste heat generated to inexpensively provide purified water.

Title
Diffusion driven desalination apparatus and process
Application Number
10/322061
Publication Number
6919000 (B2)
Application Date
December 17, 2002
Publication Date
July 19, 2005
Inventor
Renwei Mei
Gainesville
FL, US
James F Klausner
Gainesville
FL, US
Agent
Akerman Senterfitt
Assignee
University of Florida
FL, US
IPC
B01F 003/04
B01D 003/28
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