Sunday, November 21, 2010

No. 195: Desalination equipment using photovoltaic generation (November 22, 2010)

The groups companies of Toray Industries jointly developed small-size desalination equipment that comes with a photovoltaic generation panel. It is designed to purify river water by dint of photovoltaic generation in the mountain area where no transmission line is available. Toray plans to start the substantiative experiment early next year in the islands of Indonesia and supply it to local healthcare centers. Toray International took the initiative in the development of this equipment by basing it on the small-size desalination apparatus for natural disasters. River water put in a drum can is filtered by sand, and subsequently the bacteria and others are eliminated by Toray’s reverse osmosis membrane. The photovoltaic generation panel is about 1 meter wide and 1 meter deep, and it can process about 60-liter water per hour. It is scheduled to be price at 2,000,000 yen and additional 10,000 yen is necessary for every five years as the cost to replace membrane. Toray International will take care of marketing and procurement of parts, and Toray’s affiliated companies in Indonesia will cooperate in the substantiative experiment. Toray plans to market this equipment in countries other than Indonesia.

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