“As it stands globally freshwater is a scarcity and it’s only expected to get worse as the population grows. One of the biggest users of freshwater are larger thermoelectric power plants, making up 39% of the freshwater withdrawn in the U.S. alone, said Karim Khalil, co-founder, and CTO of Infinite Cooling during the CES panel discussion on building companies out of resilient technologies. Large cooling towers give off plumes of water that is evaporated into the air permanently.
But Infinite Cooling was able to come up with a solution that is now being tested at MIT’s 20 megawatt co-generation plant on its campus. Above the 20-foot cooling tower is Infinite’s proof of concept technology which sends an electric charge to the plume, creating an electric field that forces the water to rain down into a collection area.”
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