The Infinite Cooling tech from MIT helps reduce water waste by recovering clean water from cooling towers.
Power plants in the US account for 39 percent of water use, which is typically used in cooling towers and lost as vapor. To recapture this water—and help prevent the buildup of salts and pollutants—the Infinite Cooling Tech from the team at MIT relies on ion-generating electrodes at the tower outlet that charge the water in the vapor plume. The vapor droplets are then gathered by a specially designed collector mesh and recycled for use in the cooling system.
The MIT design was honored with a James Dyson award.