Publication Date

Spring 5-2023


School of Engineering and Computational Sciences


Engineering: Mechanical


Desalination, Renewable Energy, Desalination Systems, Disaster Relief, Natural Disaster


Engineering | Environmental Engineering | Environmental Sciences | Mechanical Engineering | Ocean Engineering


This paper aims to explore the application of small-scale desalination systems to provide clean water in the wake of marine natural disasters. A lack of clean water is a devastating impact of many natural disasters. Desalination technologies, both thermal and membrane, show potential for being scaled down and self-powered by renewable energy. Desalination can transform ocean water and contaminated drinking water with a high salt content into drinkable, usable water. While these techniques are not perfected, and the solution to a need for clean water is multifaceted, desalination shows potential. Through further research and ever-advancing technology, small-scale desalination could develop into a life-saving solution for those in need of clean water.