Energy Reuse from Concentrator Photovoltaics for Water Desalination

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Reclaiming drinkable water while reusing waste energy. The objective of this project objective is to develop a combined thermal-electrical desalination system which is not only solar-powered but recovers waste heat. The reuse of thermal waste energy will allow for increased overall system efficiency. Such a system would employ concentrator photovoltaics - solar cells which employ reflecting mirrors to maximize the amount of energy captured by a single cell.