Rumors: Industry Report—From Exhaust Gases To Drinking Water

By Doran Dal Pra

February 09, 2012

A joint effort between Borla and Oak Ridge National Laboratory is in the process of creating a unique exhaust system that could create potable water from the exhaust gases of internal combustion engines. This new technology condenses the water vapor given off by exhaust gases traveling through an exhaust system, stores it, and makes it available for consumption.
An informational video at goes into detail about how the process works, and while it's not the most user-friendly video, we learn that by using a nanopore membrane, the system is able to capture water vapor that would otherwise evaporate. The video also talks about the potential military applications of this technology—troops in the field could reclaim up to seven gallons of water per day, per person just from the water vapor created by fuel already being burned in their trucks, personnel carriers, etc.
A commercial application—which is apparently currently in the works—that was installed on trucks, motor homes, or other vehicles, could create drinkable water in places where fuel burning vehicles already exist and clean water and other resources are limited.
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