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Portable briefcase-sized device could make saltwater drinkable

MIT has developed an easily portable briefcase-sized unit that can desalinate water at the push of a button.

The device, which weighs 22 pounds (10 kilograms), requires less power to operate than a cell phone charger and can be driven by a small, $50 portable solar panel.

The unit also generates drinking water that exceeds World Health Organization quality standards.

After completing lab experiments, the researchers took their new device to Boston’s Carson Beach where they set the box near the shore and tossed the feed tube into the water. In about half an hour, the device had filled a plastic drinking cup with clear, drinkable water.

MIT will make the device more user-friendly and will try to improve its energy efficiency even further.

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