Project TitleSolar-Powered Thermal Distillation
Track Code2015-059
Short Description

The University of Texas at El Paso seeks a partner for licensing a solar powered thermal distillation still that utilizes the Zero Discharge Desalination (ZDD) process.


This invention uses the abundance of solar energy to help manage the water supply demand. This technology produces high quality water by combining solar desalination modules with membrane distillation modules. The device operates in a multiple stage/effect system that includes day and night cycles. This innovation also contains a heating system orientation designed to maximize solar energy capture while producing distilled water. Patent Pending.

Tagsdesalination, solar, solar power, thermal distillation, water desalination, zero liquid discharge, solar energy, salt, still, sea water, energy, water purification
Posted DateApr 6, 2016 11:41 AM


William Walker
Hill Kemp
John Manford


Melissa Silverstein


• Simple components with no internal electronic or moving parts

• Over 99% solar energy powered

• Recycling of energy yields a Gained Output Ratio of 5.0

• Energy collected can be recovered and recycled

• Concentrated salt can be sequestered onsite

Potential Applications

  • Capable of processing RO brine
  • Irrigation
  • Water Supply Industry
    • Domestic
    • Community
    • Industrial
    • Municipal

Contact Information

For more information, please contact UTEP's Office of Technology Commercialization at or 915-747-8030


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Intellectual Property

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