A Novel Nanotechnology to Generate Electricity From Seawater Becomes Efficient Water Desalination Process

G. Page
Magna Imperio Systems Corporation,
United States

Keywords: water, desalination, electrochemistry, low energy, sustainability


President John F. Kennedy once said, “If we could produce fresh water from salt water at a low cost, that would indeed be a great service to humanity, and would dwarf any other scientific accomplishment.(1962)” This presentation will discuss a new, potentially game-changing way to desalinate water. It is a unique combination of electrochemistry and nanofiltration that was originally developed to generate electricity from sea water – which it does. However, after several R&D iterations it was discovered that the process is also a self-sustaining desalinization process. It was then the company realized it developed a technology that could be a water industry game changer. The “cell” that MIS has, and will continue to enhance, gives MIS a large competitive advantage in the desalination market. The MIS desalination process requires no input energy. It will generate enough energy to allow for monitoring of the health and efficiency of the process. The only external energy that may be required is that required to pump salt water into the unit depending on the desired gallons per day needed. This process also enjoys an extremely low carbon footprint. Walter Ulrich, the President and CEO of Houston Technology Center stated to the inventor of the technology, “Houston Technology Center is pleased to support the commercialization of Magna Imperio Systems. Efficient, affordable desalinization of salt and brackish water is a game changer with significant commercial possibilities that will help solve increasingly serious water problems world-wide. The societal impact has the potential to be every bit as important as the business results.” This presentation by the inventor, who also founded Magna Imperio Systems Corporation, will discuss the basics of the technology. He will also discuss the hurdles he had to overcome during 6 years of experimentation and development – much of it at the U.S. Naval Academy and the Navy Research Labs. This innovative technology was awarded the 2014 Department of Energy Excellence in Energy Award In Recognition of Energy Conservation and Sustainability Efforts.