Entrepreneur Hill Kemp has worked for years to refine the solar still process to turn salty water into clean drinking water in arid climates.
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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.
Water Desalination Report editor Tom Pankratz is eager to learn what competitors will come up with in the Desal Prize.
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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.
Suns River CEO Hill Kemp shows off a test unit that led to the current design of a new compact solar still for desert homes.
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.