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Do Tilapia and Mangroves Hold Secrets to Desalination?

Do Tilapia and Mangroves Hold Secrets to Desalination? | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Fresh drinking water isn't a supply problem, but I do believe there is an important supply solution. This solution, desalination of seawater, in the future could be improved by techniques observed in nature. Here, I write about some notable examples in both the technological and natural world. [...] From versatile fish to salt-sequestering plants, the natural world abounds with ways to turn sea water into freshwater."

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Biomimicry Desalination

Biomimicry Desalination | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"True to its global hydrohub reputation, Singapore is hoping to reduce current energy requirements for membrane desalination from 3.5kWh down to a miraculous 0.8kWh/m3. PUB's chief technology officer Harry Seah addresses what role electrochemical desalting, variable salinity technology and biomimetic membranes could play in the country's water supply."

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The Biomimicry Manual: How Does Nature Make Saltwater Drinkable?

The Biomimicry Manual: How Does Nature Make Saltwater Drinkable? | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
A billion people don't have enough drinking water. Desalinating oceans is economically and environmentally expensive. Biomimicry looks at how nature does it.
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Biomimetic Membrane Update

When WDR talked to Peter Holme Jensen, the CEO of Danish-based Aquaporin A/S, earlier this year, the company had just completed the successful testing of Aquaporin Inside™ membranes at NASA’s Ames Research Center. Based on the results, as well as the work being done with other test partners, Holme Jensen said that the company is now moving forward with plans to invest in a membrane manufacturing facility to produce commercial quantities of membranes by the end of 2013.

“We are planning the move out of the laboratory and into full-scale use,” he said. “Our ABMs [Aquaporin-based Biomimetic Membrane] will consist of a polymeric support layer with aquaporins incorporated in a thin-film membrane coating. Although the production procedures for RO and FO [forward osmosis] membranes are the same, we expect the FO version to be available first.”

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