Hill Kemp

Kate Archer Kent

A Many, Louisiana, engineer who has worked to refine a solar-powered desalination process over the past eight years has entered into a partnership with University of Texas El Paso to market the technology to industrial customers. 

Hill Kemp says this agreement with UTEP is important because the university is heavily involved in research to turn salty water into clean drinking water. UTEP is seeking a licensing partner, Kemp says, who will give this condensation method a chance.

GWI Desalination Report

A worldwide competition to invent an affordable water desalination system that would support a farm family in the developing world is down to eight semifinalists, including the company Suns River of Many, Louisiana. 

The editor of the weekly Water Desalination Report, Tom Pankratz, says the key question in the Desal Prize created by the U.S. Agency for International Development is whether it will spark innovation.

Kate Archer Kent

A company started by a retired engineer from Many, Louisiana, Suns River Technology, is one of eight research groups in the world nominated for the Desal Prize, announced this month.

Hill Kemp, 74, uses solar still technology to purify brackish groundwater and make it safe for drinking.

This competition was set up by USAID, in partnership with the governments of Sweden and The Netherlands. The teams must produce enough water for a farm family in the Jordanian desert.


A retired chemical engineer from Many, La., is assembling his first compact solar energy still this week that turns saltwater into distilled water. Hill Kemp received his second federal grant last month to continue his research at the Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Facility in New Mexico.