TUM DeSal Challenge 2013 Teams Announced

  • Author: ChemViews
  • Published Date: 28 March 2013
  • Copyright: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
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The teams have been announced for the biannual competition from the Institute for Thermodynamics, Technische Universität München (TUM), Germany, which invites students from high-schools and universities as well as young professionals (max. five years job experience) to design and build a desalination plant. The plants should supply drinking water by desalination without using fossil energy, at low cost, and with minimum effort.


The initial plant designs were submitted to jury of renowned experts in seawater desalination and renewable energies, who chose the teams to take part in the next leg of the competition. The competitors in the 2013 TUM DeSal Challenge are:

  • Super Sonic 13
  • NanoSystem
  • Wasserbrennerei
  • Para Dest
  • Drink of Water
  • Water Tower
  • Die Verdampfer
  • DreSal
  • EMI Team – MAROCCO
  • SunSaturator
  • Salza


The teams now have until June 28, 2013, to build and test their plants. The cost of the desalination plants must not be more than 2,000 Euro, with 1,000 Euro being provided. The working desalination plants are presented to the jury and the public at the Technische Universität München on June 28–29, 2013. The teams compete to see which plant can produce the most clean water within the specified timeframe. The jury will judge which design is best based on seven criteria, including the quantity and purity of the water, and the effort required to maintain, operate, and install the plant.


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