Right now less than 3/10th’s of 1% of water in the world is available for human use; and researchers are saying that by 2030 more than half of the world will face water shortages…. But researchers and scientists from the Idaho National Laboratory are being recognized for developing a technology that is said; will significantly reduce the future water crisis.
The Switchable Polarity Solvents Forward Osmosis or SPS FO, is used to purify industrial water which contain salts, organics and other materials.
"There's 6 Billion plus people on the planet, you look at some of the water shortages they've had in California, it just points to the need of coming up with new technologies to recycle water” said research scientist Fred Stewart.
The SPS FO will purify industrial water streams at a much lower cost. For this reason Aaron Wilson and Fred Stewart who are INL employees are being recognized as winners of the 2013 R&D 100 Award.
"Makes me feel wonderful and the reason for that is that you know we have spent a lot of time developing technologies that we think are relevant to solving the problems American's face every day” continued Stewart.
This is part of R&D Magazine's international competition for the top 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace in the last year.
"We've targeted industrial applications, the reason we've done that is because the standards for water purification are quite a bit lower. If you're doing an industrial process and you're going to take the water and put it back into your industrial process, you're going to recycle that water, it probably doesn't need to be drinking water standards” said Stewart.
This technology took Stewart and Wilson several years to develop.