NASA Center: Johnson Space Center
Public Release Year: 1992
Reference Number: JSC-SO-48
Origin: NASA's Solar Energy Technology
The Floatron water purifier combines two space technologies - ionization for water purification and solar electric power generation. The water purification process involves introducing ionized minerals that kill microorganisms like algae and bacteria. The 12 inch unit floats in a pool while its solar panel collects sunlight that is converted to electricity. The resulting current energizes a specially alloyed mineral electrode below the waterline, causing release of metallic ions into the water. The electrode is the only part that needs replacing, and water purified by the system falls within EPA drinking water standards.
Page Number in Published book: 58
Manufacturer: FLOATRON, INC.