Using The Sun To Clean Water: Lakewood Solar Co. Wins $1.6M
- Nov 4, 2018 1:29 am GMT
LAKEWOOD, CO – A Lakewood company that makes solar power collectors has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for technology that uses solar power to desalinate water.
SkyFuel, which employs around 80 people in Lakewood, Colorado was granted $1.6 million by the U.S. Department of Energy for their patented membrane-based parabolic solar trough collectors. The company also has sister companies in China, Finland and Canada.
In 2013, Skyfuel worked with a California water agency and a private company WaterFX in 2013 to develop a pilot desalination project outside of Fresno, California. Their 377-foot parabolic solar mirror focuses the sun's rays to heat oil in a tube, which creates steam from briney irrigation runoff water. The steam condenses to pure water, leaving minerals and impurities behind, the Sacramento Bee reported. The system produces approximately 10 gallons per minute for 17 hours a day, yielding roughly 10,000 gallons of distilled water daily.
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