Congratulations to Zhenyuan Xu, Lenan Zhang, Lin Zhao, Bikram Bhatia, Kyle Wilke, Youngsup Song and their collaborators in China for their work on ultrahigh-efficiency solar-powered water desalination featured as Top MIT research stories of 2020 on MIT News and covered by Scientific American! This work demonstrated a record-high solar-to-vapor conversion efficiency of 385% with a production rate of 5.78 L m-2 h-1 using a low-cost and free-of-salt accumulation multistage architecture. This work elucidates the fundamental limit of the solar-to-vapor conversion process and provides useful design guideline for existing passive solar thermal desalination technologies. Image credits to MIT News.
Simple, solar-powered water desalination featured as Top MIT research stories of 2020 and covered by Scientific American
Feb 1, 2021