The Merlin Company is pleased to announce a new venture aimed at addressing food, water and housing issues in water starved, desert areas in the Asia Pacific (excluding Australia) and MENA markets. Using revolutionary housing design and unique solar powered desalination from KII/Suns River, water and food production will come from raw desert using seawater as the water source.
Seawater & Sunshine = Life in the Desert
This breakthrough installation shows what Suns River desalination and Green Magic Homes make possible in raw desert. The installation is in the Research Technology and Innovation Park adjacent to the American University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. It is a venture of Merlin Green Magic Homes and KII/Suns River at the University Park.
After centuries of failure, there is finally a way to use solar power to desalinate salty water, produce pure water for home and farm use and have housing in raw desert. The project feeds seawater, produces distilled water and dry salt and demonstrates a whole new concept in economical desert living. We’ll let the site speak for itself. Watch Here
More news coverage here: Water Desalination Report, 20 March 2017: Company News
Solar desal — one farm at a time
KII/Suns River, a Louisiana-based manufacturer of solar stills, has announced a partnership with Dubai’s Merlin Company to address food and water issues in rural desert areas of the Middle East, North Africa, Pakistan and India. The pair said that they would construct a demonstration installation at the American University of Sharjah’s Research Center, in Sharjah, UAE.
Suns River CEO Hill Kemp told WDR, “Our solar stills can produce up to 12 L/m2/d or about three times more than a conventional still, using a combination of serpentine cooling tubes and an inclined feedwater heating surface in a recirculating, three-stage configuration. The system will be designed to operate on a day/night cycle, using the heated cooling water to produce a significant amount of the total water production overnight.
For locations where brine disposal is a problem, each day’s concentrate can be discharged into one of three flat pan containers for natural evaporation, leaving behind only a solid salt cake.
The demonstration facility will consist of a battery of 15 modules—each measuring 1m wide (3.3 ft) by 2.5m (8.2 ft) long and elevated 2m (6.6 ft) above the ground—with a combined production rate of 0.45 m3/d (119 gpd). The units will concentrate the feedwater, which can range from brackish groundwater to seawater, to a TDS of nearly 150,000 mg/L.
Suns River solar still arrangement
He said that such a system will provide sufficient water to irrigate a shaded area of approximately 130m2 (1,400 ft2), adding, “The UAE has an initiative to assist its citizens that live in rural areas. Our stills will help ensure that those residents have an adequate water supply.”