The team modified a microbial fuel cell - a device that uses naturally occurring bacteria to convert wastewater into clean water producing electricity - so it could desalinate salty water.
"However, it took 200 milliliters of an artificial wastewater - acetic acid in water - to desalinate 3 milliliters of salty water.
"Before we desalinate
sea water, we have to explore economical, efficient and more portable sources and supplies."CHALLENGESMr Chelugui, who spoke during the first Kenya National Dam conference at Flamingo Beach Resort in Mombasa, said the country's tourism hub was facing water crisis and that in three years, it would face similar challenges like Cape Town in South Africa due to climate change.
While the plant currently relies on diesel power generation to siphon deep-sea water, Saga University has received a request for technological help to switch to OTEC power to desalinate
seawater at the plant.
All electricity used to pump and desalinate
water at the station will be produced via a hybrid electricity source that combines photovoltaic cells at 100 kilowatts KW, and batteries with a capacity of 520kW/h per day.