MIT tests solar-powered water purification system in remote Mexican village
Access to clean drinking water is unfortunately still a huge problem in developing countries that we are far from solving. As an attempt to help minimize this problem, MIT is using a remote village in Mexico as base-test for a system that could revolutionize this scenario. Located in the jungle of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, the village of La Mancalona received from MIT a water purification system that uses solar energy as its main power source. This is the first time a system like this has been installed anywhere in the world.
To obtain clean water, the system uses two solar panels that capture energy from the sun and feeds a set of pumps that filter the substances that pollute the water, using specially developed filtering membranes.