Friday, March 21, 2008

Vapor compression distiller


Dean Kamen's vapor compression distiller

4 comments:

Christopher said...

Interesting concept but nothing new. The actual process is not some "new" technology and has been around since the early 80's. Only problem with systems like this is a source of electricity. Which in turn drives up the cost to process the water let alone if there is even a source of electricity around. Thus good intentions go bad and never end up helping anyone in the long run. Nice try though.

Anonymous said...

The point of the invention seems to be the efficiency due to incorporating a Stirling engine and how it is capable of utilizing alternative energy sources, so places without electricity can use it. I would be more concerned about whether or not the output is actually healthy to drink.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, doesn't look like electricity is a concern, as it runs on heat. And the Stirling engine is almost 200 years old, nevermind 20 or 30. Light a wood fire, run it on a the waters of a hot spring, burn books, whatever.

I'm with the previous anonymous. Kamen claims it will pull H2O out of "anything that looks wet." So, is the water truly safe to drink? And is there a waste product? If so, can we burn that for more energy for the Stirling engine?

Anonymous said...

ybowvrlrIt's energy needs are met by parobolic mirrors for sun light collection that drives the sterling which "produces" enough electricity to charge large batteries and run a PC. The "NEW" technology is in puting these other inventions together on a mobil scale and self sufficient. (maybe you just don't like Kamen?)