Date: Monday, December 8, 2014
Place: SAROS, 3120 Latrobe Dr. Ste. 270 Charlotte, NC 28211
1 out of 10 people on the planet do not have sufficient access to clean water, and areas such as California are facing severe risk as continued depletion and degradation of groundwater resources lead to unreliable water supplies.SAROS (Swell Actuated Reverse Osmosis System) Desalination Project is a part of EcoH2O Innovations’ commitment to research and development of sustainable water solutions for those in need. With a focus on expanding the water supply for our customers, SAROS Desalination Project is creating and testing a mechanically wave driven, seawater desalination system with minimal operational carbon footprint. While many desalination systems are energy intensive and rely on electricity or fossil fuels to power, our unit harnesses swell energy to directly pressurize water for production. This approach allows for a simplistic system which is self-sufficient and has a low-ecological impact.
The SAROS Team consists of Chris Matthews, Justin Sonnett and Laura Smailes. Engineers Chris Matthews and Justin Sonnett, with backgrounds in the product development and energy sectors, started this project in September 2013 as a part of their Senior Design Project at William States Lee College of Engineering at University of North Carolina at Charlotte and continued with this project after graduation to develop the SAROS Unit’s Alpha Prototype. Chris focuses in design, simulation, analysis and water treatment processes. Justin’s focus lies in fluid design, manufacturing methods and hydraulics. Project Manager Laura Smailes, with a Master’s degree in Communications, focusing on health and organizations, joined the project in June 2014 to concentrate on research and development of target regions and applications.
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