Union, KY (June 28, 2013) – Okeanos Technologies announced today that a scientific manuscript introducing their technology to the world was accepted for publication in the scientific journal Angewandte Chemie. The manuscript, entitled “Electrochemically-mediated Seawater Desalination” and written by Kyle Knust, Dzmitry Hlushkou, Robbyn Anand, Ulrich Tallarek and Richard Crooks seeks a solution to the increasing global water crisis by presenting a new, ultra-efficient process for removing salt from seawater to make it potable.
World populations are increasing exponentially, and fresh water is a limited resource growing scarcer every day. Over 3.4 million people die each year from lack of access to clean water. With 97% of the world’s water tied up in oceans and seas, removing the salt from these waters is a much-needed solution for providing clean water for drinking and irrigation. Currently, desalination is not widely used primarily due to the large amount of energy required to fuel the process. A method with lower energy needs would allow for widespread adoption and off-grid implementation.
This published manuscript explains how the scientists’ new approach towards the desalination process, electrochemically-mediated desalination (EMD), solves the major issue preventing desalination’s widespread adoption by minimizing the amount of energy needed. The paper explains how EMD establishes a new world-record for desalination efficiency. Before this, the form of energy used for EMD has only been used for highly specialized purposes such as pharmaceutical purification or analytics. This publication marks the first time the world will appreciate that the method is useful for desalination.
Invented by Dr. Crooks at The University of Texas at Austin, the technology presented in this manuscript has been licensed by Okeanos Technologies for commercialization. Okeanos, with funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and in conjunction with a soon to be announced Sponsored Development Agreement with the University of Cincinnati Research Institute, is in the process of prototyping their own designs and ideas to massively parallel this technology to make it useful for real-world applications.
To learn more about the manuscript, please visit The University of Texas’ news page.
About Okeanos Technologies
Okeanos was formed in 2012 to develop and commercialize a next-generation, ultra-efficient desalination technology. Our solid-state WaterChipTM platform harnesses and redirects the corrosive potential of seawater to separate salts from water with world-record efficiency. Our disruptive/transformative WaterChipTM platform is expected to enable a more distributive water distribution model and simultaneously address a number of profound environmental, economic and human health related problems. For more information about us please visit our website at www.okeanostech.com.