Arizona: University of Arizona Designs Solar Desalination Plant for Puerto Penasco, Mexico

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Description:In the early 1960s, the Solar Energy Laboratory at the University of Arizona (part of the Institute of Atmospheric Physics) designed a solar powered desalination plant. Carl N. Hodges developed a new process using energy from the sun to convert sea water to drinking water. Puerto Penasco in Sonora, Mexico has no natural fresh water supply; the closest wells with potable water were 18 miles away. The conditions made the community an ideal proving ground for the new design. This information was provided by the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Arizona and made available for distribution through the National Geothermal Data System. This resource is available as a PDF of scanned news clippings.
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Organization Name: Arizona Geological Survey
Street: 416 W Congress, Ste 100
City: Tucson
State: Arizona
Zip: 85701
Phone: 520-770-3500
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North Bounding Latitude: 31.56
South Bounding Latitude: 31.2
East Bounding Longitude: -113.25
West Bounding Longitude: -113.79